A Guide to Choosing the Right Thermometers for You!
Each thermometer works differently depending on who will be using the thermometer, as well as what it will be used for, the thermometer you choose might surprise you.
Types of Thermometers in Malaysia
There are five types of thermometers and each one of them looks and operates vastly different from each other.
How It’s Used
Mercury Glass Thermometer
Quite old fashioned, mercury glass thermometers are made using mercury. One of the biggest reasons that it isn’t as widely used these days is due to the risk it possesses, in that it can be broken and the mercury inside is toxic.
Another reason it is no longer in use is because it is that the measurements are quite hard to read.
One of the earliest thermometers, it measures temperatures through the rectum, mouth, or in the armpit/underarm.
Electronic Digital Thermometer
Obviously preferred over mercury glass thermometers, electronic digital thermometers are much safer and have quite a few advantages over glass thermometers.
The readings obtained using an electronic digital thermometer appear much faster, and as it is digital, is much easier to read.
This is the faster type of thermometer, taking only seconds to obtain and provide a reading.
It measures the heat generated by surfaces.
It is also one of the more expensive types of thermometer out there.
Infrared Ear Thermometer
Similar to an infrared thermometer, an infrared ear thermometer is used inside the eardrum and measures the heat generated in there and in the surrounding tissue.
The readings obtained are accurate, fast, and are extremely easy to read on the thermometers digital display.
Infrared Forehead Thermometer
Also, similar to the infrared thermometer, instead of measuring temperature from the eardrum, the infrared forehead thermometer takes temperatures using the forehead.
Measuring the infrared energy emitted from the forehead, this thermometer is quite gentle and is one of the best thermometers for infants.
The heat generated from the forehead is converted into a temperature value and its accuracy depends on its operation and manufacturer. But its accuracy is clinically proven.
The Different Ways to Take Your Temperature
There are plenty of different ways that temperature can be taken using thermometers, but the most common methods are through the ears, mouth, forehead, rectum, and underarm. Depending on the method the temperature is taken, its accuracy may be inconsistent, and it also depends on whether the method of executed properly.
Ear – Many prefer this method, but its results are often inconsistent. When measuring through the ear, you should measure the same ear each time.
Mouth – Holding the tip of the thermometer in your mouth, you will need to hold the thermometer steadily. Ensure that you haven’t had a cold drink before taking your temperature.
Forehead – There are different types of forehead thermometers, so make sure to read the manual for the proper use. One kind needs to be pressed against the forehead for the temperature to be taken, and the other lets you hover the thermometer over the forehead.
Rectum – Usually used for babies and infants, the thermometer, usually a mercury glass one, will be inserted into the child’s rectum and the temperature is taken from there.
Underarm – Merely tuck the thermometer under the arm without clothes in the way and press your arm so that the thermometer is held in place.