Body temperature is a measure of how well your body can make and get rid of heat. You can take your temperature by using a thermometer. There are specific types to use in different parts of the body.
Most people have an
average temperature of about 37°C. But "normal" varies from person to
person. Your temperature also changes during the day. It's likely to be lowest in the early morning. And it's probably highest in the early evening. In most
adults, an oral temperature above 38°C, or a rectal or ear temperature above 38.3°C, is considered a fever.
There are many places on the body to take your temperature. The mouth, ear, and armpit are
the most common. Sometimes the forehead is used.
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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