Hypothermia

The Dangers and Sympotoms

General Information

  • Hypothermia is a medical emergency occurring when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it.
  • Your normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees, and hypothermia generally occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees.
  • Hypothermia is caused by exposure to too much cold weather or immersion in cold water.

Symptoms

Mild Hypothermia


  • Shivering
  • Dizziness
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Faster breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fatigue



Severe Hypothermia


  • Shivering (the worse the hypothermia, the less shivering)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Weak pulse
  • Slow breathing
  • Confusion

Babies and the Elderly

  • Old people and babies react to cold conditions and hypothermia different than regular people.
  • Old people can get hypothermia from exposure to inside temperatures that would be fine for other people
  • When babies get hypothermia, their skin turns very cold and red.
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