Can an Adult Get a Good Reading From a Kids' Ear Thermometer?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: Can a grown-up get a good reading from a kids' ear thermometer?

Oz Says: Go ahead and borrow it. "Many hospitals are transitioning to these devices for adults because ear thermometers can be very accurate," says George Harris, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Plus, the temp-taking process is quick and comfortable; an infrared ray takes a reading within seconds. "It measures the temperature of the blood vessels under the eardrum, where your skin is thinnest," says Harris. Pro tip: Angle the device a bit toward the nose, since your eardrum is slightly forward of the ear canal.

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This story originally appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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