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10. Remove the plastic cover and throw it away in the trash.
11. Clean the thermometer with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.
12. Place the thermometer back in its holder.
Call your doctor:
─ As you are directed.
─ If your temperature is greater than 101.5 degrees F by mouth.
Axillary or Under the Arm Temperature
Wait 15 minutes after exercising or bathing before checking an axillary
temperature. This can affect the reading.
1. Take the thermometer out of its holder.
2. Clean the thermometer with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.
3. Turn the thermometer on and cover with a disposable cover if
available. Check that the screen is clear of any earlier readings.
4. Pat the armpit dry with a tissue or cloth. Do not rub when drying
because rubbing may warm the skin.
5. Put the covered tip under the arm and rest the arm down across the
body.
6. Keep the thermometer in place until it beeps.
7. Remove the thermometer.
8. Read the numbers in the window. These numbers are the
temperature. Normal body temperature is 97.6 degrees F under
the arm.
9. Write the temperature down if a record is to be kept.
10. Remove the plastic cover and throw it away in the trash.
11. Clean the thermometer with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.
12. Place the thermometer back in its holder.
Call your doctor:
─ As you are directed.
If babies less than 2 months old have a temperature greater than 99.8
degrees F under the arm.
If babies older than 2 months, children and adults have a
temperature greater than 100.5 degrees F under the arm.


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