Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Rectal Thermometers Best For Temperature Taking

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you’re feeling hot, doctors agree, oral is good, but anal is better.

Anal being the best method to take a temperature using a rectal thermometer.

With flu season upon us, Dr. Steve Pray, a professor of nonprescription drugs and devices College of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University says rectal thermometers give more accurate readings because they’re not affected by the air, sweating or skin as much as under-the-tongue and under- the-arm thermometers.

As Dr. Pray explains, that’s not to say non-rectal thermometers aren’t good indicators of temperature, he says the “rump-ometers” just give a better measurement of the body’s core temperature.

But when it comes to children, he says parents may find ear thermometers are more convenient with squirming kids because they give a reading in one second.

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