Aa
MedHelp.org will cease operations on May 31, 2024. It has been our pleasure to join you on your health journey for the past 30 years. For more info, click here.
Aa
A
A
A
Close
Avatar universal

Thermometer Guidance

Howdy!

With the continuing spread of Covid, and the importance of understanding fever as an indicator of illness, I got to talking with friends about thermometers, and this led us to an inquiry.

Is it there safe/normal to take a rectal temperature as young adults? In any opinion, professional or otherwise, How common/abnormal is this practice? I understand it’s largely reserved for those where the accuracy is paramount, such as the extremely young and environmental illness cases, but could it also be common  practice regardless of age? While minimally invasive, for home use it could provide the most legitimate measurement for diagnosis, but on the same note, we’ve never actually met/heard of anyone comfortable doing this.

Thanks for the Help!
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
973741 tn?1342342773
I think it is safe but is just inconvenient.  I use a forehead thermometer. Non invasive, accurate enough.  
Helpful - 0
363281 tn?1714899967
COMMUNITY LEADER
Hello~I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be safe to take the temp rectally, you would, of course, have to be able to insert it correctly because if not then, you could hurt yourself, but other than that, if you have more peace of mind with taking it that way, I think it should be fine.
Helpful - 0

You are reading content posted in the General Health Community

Top General Health Answerers
363281 tn?1714899967
Nelson, New Zealand
1756321 tn?1547095325
Queensland, Australia
19694731 tn?1482849837
AL
80052 tn?1550343332
way off the beaten track!, BC
Learn About Top Answerers
Popular Resources
Discharge often isn't normal, and could mean an infection or an STD.
In this unique and fascinating report from Missouri Medicine, world-renowned expert Dr. Raymond Moody examines what really happens when we almost die.
Think a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss? Here are five warning signs to watch for.
When it comes to your health, timing is everything
We’ve got a crash course on metabolism basics.
Learn what you can do to avoid ski injury and other common winter sports injury.