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Knowing how to take your temperature is important because it helps you identify fevers and treat illnesses properly. The normal temperature range is 96.8–100.4°F (36–38°C). To find out what temperature is normal for you, take your temperature when you are well.
Whenever you take your temperature, write it down. Record the date, time, and any symptoms that you have.
Type of thermometer to use
The steps for taking your temperature depend on the method and the type of thermometer that you use. You will get the result in about 1 minute. Always read the instructions that come with the thermometer.
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after taking your temperature. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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