Temporal artery thermometry, though promising, may be a more useful tool for screening children at low risk in an acute care setting; this method cannot yet be recommended for home or hospital use when definitive measurements are required. Further studies involving large numbers of subjects are required before any alternative method replaces rectal or axillary/oral thermometry as “the gold standard” in children younger than 3 years of age. Current pricing for temporal artery temperature devices is also significantly higher than for oral/rectal thermometers, which may be a complicating factor for home use or for institutions where many devices are required.
Keep in mind, for these systemic autoinflammatory diseases, it’s not just a fever. With that rise in temperature comes inflammation in various parts of the body. You or your child may “only” be at degrees F, but feel miserable. Therefore symptoms and how you or your child feels need to be considered as well when making treatment decisions. Also, if you are on prescribed medications, such as NSAIDS for your disease, your body may not manifest a temperature over what is considered to be a fever, but you could still be symptomatic.
You may need to check an oral temperature to learn if you or a family member has a fever. "Fever" is a word used for a temperature that is higher than normal for the body. Fever is usually a sign of illness, infection, or other conditions. The normal oral temperature for adults is about ° F (37° C). The normal oral temperature for a child is between ° and ° F (° and ° C). The normal oral temperature for older persons is ° F (36° C). Body temperature changes slightly through the day and night, and may change based on your activity.