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Types of thermometers

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Illustrations of three different types of thermometers with reference images of where to use them on the body; Digital ear thermometers - in the ear, Digital 'stick' thermometers - under the arm and Infrared thermometers - pointed at the forehead.

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Different types of thermometers

Digital ear thermometer (used in the ear).

Digital probe thermometer (placed in the armpit).

Digital temporal artery thermometer (pointed at the forehead).

Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to show you how to use your thermometer properly.

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Last reviewed: February 2024

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