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Q. Which is the most accurate method to measure body temperature?

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Dr. Sameer Kumar
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 09, 2016 and last reviewed on: Nov 21, 2019

Hi doctor,

I have a question regarding body temperature measurement. What is the most accurate way to take one's temperature?

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Infertility Obstetrics And Gynaecology
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  • The anal temperature is the best way to measure the core temperature of the body.

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Thank you doctor,

Can I start looking for my anal temperature for regular monitoring?

Dr. Sameer Kumar

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  • Actually, anal temperature is measured in ambulatory facilities where oral temperature cannot be measured due to certain oral surgeries or if the person is on a ventilator or non-responsive or gets seizures.
  • However, in your case, in a daily day-to-day life, when there are no such concerns troubling you, then you should continue with oral temperature monitoring.
  • If you find it unhygienic, then thermometer can be placed under an armpit for the same amount of time.
  • Anal temperature recording is considered invasive and often uncomfortable, so I would not recommend a switch. But, you may use it twice a week or so.

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Thank you doctor,

If rectal temperature is the most accurate way, then why do doctors do not recommend it?

Dr. Sameer Kumar

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  • A rectal temperature is generally considered to be the most accurate and the standard for monitoring the core body temperature.
  • It is generally not recommended for use in patients due to the risk of rectal perforation and tears with this method.
  • However, under supervision it can be used. Of course, as mentioned above when the patient is non co-operative, unconscious, under seizures or especially in toddlers and infants, this is the best way to measure temperature but not routinely.
  • Oral and axillary temperatures average about 0.5 F to 1.0 F (0.3 C to 0.6 C) degrees below rectal temperature. Add 0.5 to 1.0 F when taking orally or under the arm to determine the comparable rectal temperature.

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