Thermometers

Temperature measurement with a state-of-the-art digital thermometer or infrared thermometer can provide fast body temperature information.

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What are the 4 types of thermometers?

Thermometers adapted for health and medicine measure a person's temperature. They are safely used via oral, forehead, ear, underarm or rectal contact. Thermometers have become critical to many industries, particularly the healthcare industry. The increasing importance of the thermometer in diagnosis has led to the invention of many new thermometer styles, with leading products available at Amcal Chemists.


There are several types of thermometers used by families for personal care in Australian households. New products include digital thermometers and forehead thermometers for an alternative approach. Non-contact thermometers don't interfere with medicines, antibiotics, blood pressure monitors, personal care products, weight loss products, or pharmaceuticals. A thermometer is safe to use alongside pain relief, skin care products, sunscreen and first aid. The 4 most common types of thermometers and their applications are:

  1. Rectal

This is the most internal and most accurate way of taking a temperature without an infrared thermometer or touchless thermometer. Doctors often recommend taking rectal temperature readings in babies and toddlers 3-years old or younger. This method is ideal when an accurate temperature reading is essential. Older kids won't like it, and in most cases, another type of thermometer will suffice.

  1. Oral

Placing the thermometer under the tongue is a tried and tested temperature measurement method. An oral thermometer can be used by anyone, including cooperative children over 3-years old. When using an oral thermometer, it should remain under the tongue with the mouth closed for a couple of minutes.

  1. Ear

Tympanic thermometers (ear thermometers) give a good temperature gauge in only a few seconds, although they do require batteries. Follow the simple instructions for inserting the thermometer, using probe covers if required to protect the ears.

  1. Underarm

This position gives the least accurate reading, although it will still provide a reliable body temperature guideline. It is worth noting that a chilly room may result in a false low reading, so always use your underarm thermometer according to the instructions provided.

Features to look for in a thermometer

An accurate thermometer is an important medical tool that every household should own. They are naturally in the news with Covid-19, and have always played an important role in healthcare. Amcal is a leading Australian Chemist dedicated to providing highest quality personal care equipment and devices. It is worth checking out some innovative and progressive thermometer options.

Vicks Fever Insight Thermometer: This 3-in-one thermometer for oral, underarm and rectal use provides a fast and accurate reading in 8 seconds. The colour-coded display screen provides immediate understanding of your child's temperature. This product is safe and durable.

Omron TH839S Ear Thermometer: This device provides gentle temperature measurement for infants and young children. Use with disposable probe covers. Explore Omron body temperature touchless and infrared thermometers for fast first aid and pain relief action.

Braun Thermoscan Refills: Purchase refills in bulk with Braun Thermoscan lens filters for patient comfort and stopping the spread of germs.

Vicks Forehead Thermometer: Taking someone's temperature doesn't have to be an ordeal. Simply use the V977 Vicks Forehead Thermometer with the Fever Insight Feature, and temperature measurement is available at the touch of a button.

What you need to know when buying a personal thermometer

There are lots of thermometers on the market in Australia, and Amcal partners with the leading digital thermometer, ear thermometer and oral thermometer brands. Thermometers are serious health care and first aid devices that can also be a personal assistant. Here are some questions worth asking your local Amcal chemist regarding temperature measurement with digital thermometers and traditional thermometers.

  • Why should I take my temperature?
  • What temperature is considered a fever?
  • How often should I take my temperature?
  • How do I take a temperature with a thermometer?
  • How should I clean and store a thermometer?

Australia is a safe but social country, and when non-contact is required due to hay fever, personal care or Covid-19, products such as Thermoscan 7, Vicks Fever Insight, Surgipack and the Cherub Baby Infrared Digital Thermometer are the solution.

Thermometers remain an important piece of equipment for diagnosis of patients. Taking temperatures has never been easier or more adaptable. Here are some thermometer varieties available in today's healthcare market.

Digital Thermometer: Regarded as the fastest and most accurate type of thermometer, a digital thermometer can take readings from under the tongue, under the armpit, or from the rectum.

Electronic Ear Thermometer: Infrared ear thermometers provide a convenient and accessible temperature reading. Too much wax in the ear can result in an incorrect ear thermometer reading. For additional comfort and precision, use Braun Thermoscan Refills.

Forehead Thermometer: A forehead thermometer offers non-contact infrared thermometer technology to read body temperature. It is accessible and touchless, making it a fast-acting healthcare product worth adding to your shopping cart.

Glass and Mercury Thermometers: These thermometers are the old-style way to take a temperature. Simply place the thermometer under your tongue, and wait for the mercury to rise. Wherever it stops is your temperature. Mercury thermometers are not in vogue these days due to the poisonous nature of mercury itself.

Other thermometer options include plastic strip thermometers that can detect a fever, and pacifier thermometers that are often useful with babies older than three months.

While visiting your Amcal Pharmacy, take time to discover more great value and effective products for hair care, personal care, cold sores, blood pressure, first aid, skin care, general pain relief and more. We are Australia's favourite chemist for all the right reasons, including fast service, fair prices, and name-brand products for blood pressure, pain relief, first aid, sunscreen, weight loss, and other health issues.

At Amcal Pharmacies, we have a wide range of digital thermometers, ear thermometers, forehead thermometers and more. We stock Vicks, Surgipack, Omron, and Braun thermometers, for rectal, oral, underarm, ear, and forehead applications.

It is not unusual for babies to get 7 colds per year. A runny nose and cough are common symptoms, so having a non-invasive rectal baby thermometer handy for accurately understanding a baby's body temperature is a smart move. If pain relief or antiseptics are required, you will be one step ahead of the problem in consultation with your baby's doctor.

Infrared digital ear thermometers and forehead thermometers are a handy alternative to old-school mercury thermometers held under the tongue or arm pit. Customers also want to know the best way to take a baby's temperature, so here are some thermometer temperature measurement recommendations for your child as he or she grows.

  • Under 3 months: Rectal
  • 3 months to 3 years: Rectal, axillary (armpit), tympanic (ear)
  • 4 to 5 years: Rectal, oral, axillary, tympanic
  • 5 years to adult: Oral, axillary, tympanic

Measuring body temperature has been a key feature in the evolution of modern healthcare practices. Body temperature is one of the vital signs of the human body. If your body's temperature (taken orally) is outside the normal range of 36.3 degrees to 37.3 degrees, there is likely something wrong with your health.

This will depend on your specific requirements. A good thermometer is dependable, reliable, and long-lasting. At Amcal, the choices for digital thermometer, forehead thermometer, baby thermometer, body thermometer, or thermometer for fever are all from leading brands that can be trusted.

At Amcal, you will find the Vicks Forehead Thermometer, Omron TH839S Ear Thermometer, Insight Thermometers, Baby Thermometers and Braun Thermoscan Lens Filters. If you are looking for a non-contact forehead thermometer, infrared digital ear thermometer, or Welcare digital thermometer deluxe, look no further than Amcal.

The thermometer you choose will also depend on any prevailing health issues. The extensive Amcal digital thermometer, ear thermometer and forehead thermometer range is designed for all types of people, and our baby thermometer range will help keep your young ones safe.

Amcal is your one-stop-chemist for adult thermometers, baby thermometers, probe covers, Surgipack, Braun Thermoscan Lens Filters, non-contact thermometers, and much more, so visit your local Amcal Chemist today or shop online.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your health, you should call your doctor or speak to your Amcal Pharmacist. A thermometer is an essential piece of first aid equipment, although it can only tell temperature and not diagnose an ailment. For pharmacy assistance regarding products that include Welcare Digital Thermometer Ultimate, Braun Thermoscan, Omron TH839S Ear Thermometer, Fever Insight Thermometer, Cherub Baby Thermometer, or other top-quality thermometers, Amcal is the answer.