Thermometers with a digital display usually
need a battery. If your thermometer uses a battery, make sure it is working
before taking a temperature.
Body temperature is only one way of
monitoring your health. Besides temperature, other basic measurements to
monitor your health include your pulse, breathing rate (respiration), and blood
pressure. These basic measurements are called your vital signs.
fever can make you feel uncomfortable. To treat the discomfort of a fever, wear
light clothing and use light blankets or other bedding. Drink cool liquids. A
bath or shower with lukewarm (not cool) water can lower body temperature. Cool
or cold water can cause shivering and can cause the blood vessels near the skin
to contract, which will raise the body temperature
Fever-reducing medicines can lower body temperature and help you feel more comfortable. When a fever
causes discomfort, use over-the-counter acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAID), such as ibuprofen. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Aspirin also reduces fever but should not be given to anyone
younger than age 20 because of the risk of
Talk to your doctor before you give fever medicine to a baby who is 3 months of age or younger. This is to make sure a young baby's fever is not a sign of a serious illness. For more information about reducing fever, see the topics Fever, Age 11 and Younger and Fever, Age 12 and Older.
containing mercury are no longer recommended. If you have a glass thermometer,
contact your local health department for instructions on how to dispose of it
safely. If you break a glass thermometer, call your local poison control center