While not a replacement for a doctor’s visit, self-monitoring has become very popular thanks to easy-to-use and accessible health technology. Whether you’re looking into routine self-monitoring or stocking your medicine cabinet for emergencies, here are a few health monitoring tools to consider for your home.
Let’s start with the basics. Most homes likely have a thermometer — even if it’s tucked away in a junk drawer. As COVID-19 infections continue, we have seen a rise in the popularity of contactless thermometers. As we find ourselves checking our temperatures more often and sharing with others in our household, this is a great tool to have on hand.
Insignia™ – Infrared Thermometer $19.99 | Buy It Here
Berrcom Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer $15.99 | Buy It Here
Blood Pressure Monitor
The American Heart Association (AHA) and other organizations recommend that anyone with high blood pressure monitor his or her blood pressure at home. With these smart monitors, checking your blood pressure is simple and can be monitored regularly.
iHealth Track Smart Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor $39.99 | Buy It Here
OMRON Gold Blood Pressure Monitor, Portable Wireless Wrist Monitor $68.50 | Buy It Here
Keeping an otoscope at home could be necessary — especially if you have a little one prone to ear infections. The most important thing to remember is to never try to pull earwax or debris out on your own and do not stick foreign objects into the ear canal.
Zyrev ZetaLife Otoscope $28.89 | Buy It Here
Safety 1st Infant Ear Otoscope $24.99 | Buy It Here
A pulse oximeter is a small device used on your fingertip to read blood oxygen levels and heart rate. Most healthy people will get an oxygen reading of around 95 to 98 percent. As COVID-19 continues, many people have found comfort in being able to monitor their levels at home. While this is a great tool to alert you that you need medical attention, they are subject to faulty readings and should be used with discretion. If you’re feeling any symptoms that concern you, you should still seek medical attention– even if you believe your reading to be in a healthy range.
AccuMed CMS-50D1 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter $19.99 | Buy It Here
Wellue Bluetooth Fingertip Pulse Oximeter $75.99 | Buy It Here
While this is not essential, a smartwatch is a great way to monitor health on a regular basis and keep a log in one convenient place. A smartwatch can monitor heart rate, sleep patterns, and more– making it easy to check in on your overall health, manage stress levels, or improve athletic performance. There are a lot of options out there, so be sure you look for the features that best fit your needs. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a good choice for people with heart issues, as it not only estimates your heart rate but also your oxygen saturation levels, while the Omron HeartGuide is one of the few smartwatches that track blood pressure.
Fitbit Versa 3 $221 | Buy It Here
Garmin Vivosmart 4 $95-$169.99 | Buy It Here
Omron HeartGuide $499 | Buy It Here