Advice 1: How to measure temperature in the mouth

Knowledge of the temperature of the body allows to assess the patient's condition and make an accurate diagnosis. However, the traditional measurement in the armpit has some error, besides it takes a lot of time. Oral method of measuring temperature gives fast and accurate result.
Instruction
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To measure the temperature in the oral cavity use only pure medical thermometer. There are two types of such devices: one has a long pointed end, the other short and rounded. The accuracy of their testimony is no different, however, with this method of measurement is more convenient to use a thermometer the first type (the second is used to measure rectal temperature).
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Rubbing alcohol tip of the thermometer and place it under the tongue on either side of the frenulum. Tightly close your mouth to avoid contact of the thermometer with cold ambient air. Keep in mind that readings will be inaccurate if you have been drinking hot or cold foods less than half an hour before the measurement. Smoking immediately before the procedure also reduces the accuracy of the result.
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Measure the temperature about three minutes. Usually, this is enough time to obtain reliable results.
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Rate measurement result. Keep in mind that the temperature in the mouth above 0.3-0.5 degree than in the axilla, so the value to 37.3 is normal.
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Again disinfect the thermometer with alcohol and pack it in the plastic case that usually comes with the device.

Advice 2: How to measure temperature in the mouth

The increased body temperature testifies to the pathological processes occurring in the body. This figure has important diagnostic value. The oral method of temperature measurement for precision and speed superior to the traditional method of measurement in the armpit.
Instruction
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To measure the temperature in the oral cavity, use a mercury thermometer with a long pointed end. Treat it with an alcohol solution and place on either side of the sublingual frenulum. During the procedure, breathe through your nose and don't talk, otherwise the indications of the thermometer will be inaccurate due to exposure to low ambient temperature.
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Remove the thermometer after 3-4 minutes. The temperature in the mouth is different from the temperature in the armpit by about 0.5 degrees, so a slight excess the mark of 37 degrees is acceptable. If the thermometer is above 37.3 degrees, you need to contact the doctor to find out the reason for the rejection and recommendations.
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This method of temperature measurement is not suitable for children of preschool age and people with unstable mentality. Accidental damage of the glass tip of the thermometer is unsafe. Replacement for the mercury thermometer is an electronic thermometer that allows you to take temperature readings in seconds.
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After preprocessing of the tip of the electronic thermometer with the alcohol place it in your mouth the same as you would with a mercury thermometer. Speed measurement in this case will be much higher. Already after 15-30 seconds (depending on the model of the thermometer in 60 seconds), an audible signal indicating that the measurement is complete.
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After using the pack the thermometer in a plastic case which comes with both mercury and electronic thermometers.
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Temperature measurement in the mouth immediately after eating is pointless. The result will depend more on the temperature of food eaten than on the objective condition of the person. Smoking may also distort the result. If there is no opportunity before the procedure to wait at least an hour, refrain from measuring the temperature orally.
Note
Do not measure in this way the temperature in children under the age of 5 years. They may inadvertently bite the delicate tip of the thermometer causing the mercury contained within, would first come into the mouth, and then in the digestive tract. For the same reasons, this method of temperature measurement is not suitable for people with unstable mentality.

If you have difficult to nasal breathing, refrain from oral temperature measurements. An increase in the frequency of the respiratory movements affect the accuracy of the result.
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