Taking your temperature by mouth is only mildly uncomfortable,
since you must keep your mouth closed and breathe through your nose while the
thermometer is in place.
Taking a rectal temperature can be
slightly uncomfortable but should not be painful.
temperature with an ear thermometer causes little or no discomfort. It is not
inserted very far into the ear, and it provides a reading in only a few
seconds. For this reason, the ear thermometer is widely used in doctor offices and hospitals. But it may be less accurate than rectal
Taking your temperature with a thermometer that is placed on the skin, such as a plastic strip
thermometer or a temporal artery thermometer , should not cause any discomfort. Use of a plastic strip thermometer feels like having an adhesive bandage on your forehead. The slight pressure of a temporal artery thermometer as it glides across the skin is not painful.