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Fever or normal?

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  • Posted By: ginapapa
  • January 7, 2007
  • 01:59 PM

I know this is silly, but I've been trying to battle whether I have fever or not--I am an American living in Russia, and my whole life I've taken my temperature under my tongue in my mouth. BUT--Russians take their temperature under their armpit, and they say that the perfect under armpit temperature is 36.6c--which is 97.8f. Obviously normal body temperature is around 98.6f, so that's a whole degree higher.

Is a body temperature under your armpit ALWAYS one degree lower than an oral temperature? Or can it be 37.0c - 37.2c and be normal?

Or, for instance, if I have a 37.2c armpit temperature does that really mean I have a 38c oral temperature? I am so confused, and I do not trust Russians sometimes...

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  • I'm pretty sure it is quite common for your body temp to be under 98.6...my chilldren rarely have a 98.6 temp, usually it is around 97.5 or so, and I take their temp in their ear (using an ear themoscan). hope this helps!
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    • January 10, 2007
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