My temperature

About your temperature?

someone holding a digital 'no-touch' thermometer  to the forehead

The measurement of body temperature can help detect illness. It can also monitor whether or not treatment is working.

Normal body temperature is different for everyone and changes during the day.

However, body temperature is normally around 37C. A temperature of 38C or more is usually considered a high temperature (fever) and 35C or less is usually considered a very temperature. A high or a low temperature can tell us something is wrong and it’s important to get help.

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Non-urgent advice: How to measure your temperature

You can use a no-touch, no-contact thermometer.

This enables someone to take your temperature from a distance, without the thermometer coming into contact with the skin, using a no-touch, no-contact thermometer.

To take the temperature, switch on the machine and place the sensor (which is located on the back of the device) about 4-5cm/1.5-2 inches away from the centre of the forehead.

Hold parallel to forehead.

Then press the measurement icon on the screen. 

More information on taking your temperature

You can watch this video on using a no-touch, no-contact thermometer.

How To: Obtain temperature and pulse oximetry measurements (Masimo)

You can find out more about taking your temperature on the NHS site