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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Hypothermia (Overview)

Low body temperature. It can be due to extreme cold exposure.


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What are the symptoms of hypothermia?

What are the symptoms of hypothermia?

Please see below.: Symptoms can include mood change, irritability, poor judgment, rhythmic or repeated movements, slurred speech, difficulty moving, fatigue, coma, or even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
151 Doctors shared insights

Hypothermia (Overview)

Low body temperature. It can be due to extreme cold exposure.


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What is the treatment for acute hypothermia?

What is the treatment for acute hypothermia?

Please see below.: Call 911 immediately. Treatment includes preventing further heat loss, then careful rewarming, as well as respiratory support. Hypothermia can cause heart rhythm problems, which can require medication, cpr, or a defibrillator. ...Read more

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What causes hypothermia?

What causes hypothermia?

Cold: Hypothermia is caused by loss of body heat. This can occur in injury, immersion in water, surgery, exposure outdoors, etc. Some conditions call for deliberately induced hypothermia such as stroke and post-cardiac arrest patients. Severe hypothermia requires medical intervention, mild hypothermia-a cup of hot chocolate. ...Read more

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What temperature does hypothermia occur at?

95F or 35C: The definition of hypotermia is when a person has a temperature of 35C /95F or below. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of acute hypothermia?

What are symptoms of acute hypothermia?

Please see below.: Symptoms can include mood change, irritability, poor judgment, rhythmic or repeated movements, slurred speech, difficulty moving, fatigue, coma, or even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What are the signs of hypothermia?

What are the signs of hypothermia?

Low body temp: Definition: below 95 degrees: depending on the body temp: between 95-89.6 - poor peripheral circulation, shivering, apathy, lethargy, confusion and rapid heart rate; between 89.6-82.4 - shivering stops, increased confusion or delirium, slowing heart rate and irregular heart rate; below 82.4 coma, ventricular fibrillation (type of cardiac arrest), may look dead; below 68 brain activity stops. ...Read more

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What is the reason of low body temperature. How I can treat it, what type of blood test to do, my tsh, t3, (liothyronine) T4 results are normal.

What is the reason of low body temperature. How I can treat it, what type of blood test to do, my tsh, t3, (liothyronine) T4 results are normal.

It depends: Upon how low your body temperature is. It's probably normal, but check w/your doctor. If thyroid levels are normal, it's not your thyroid. Make sure you are receiving brand name T4 replacement, as the generics are unreliable. ...Read more

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For hypothermia and frostbite, when do they amputate your limbs and how long does it take for them to know?

Requires an exam: Mild frostbite heals well, even blistering can heal without disability. Severe frostbite usually takes days to demarkate, and sometimes weeks. As long as it is not infected, the injury can be treated supportively until the determination is made. If infection occurs, then the issue becomes more critical. ...Read more

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What causes hypothermia?

Cold: Hypothermia is caused by loss of body heat. This can occur in injury, immersion in water, surgery, exposure outdoors, etc. Some conditions call for deliberately induced hypothermia such as stroke and post-cardiac arrest patients. Severe hypothermia requires medical intervention, mild hypothermia-a cup of hot chocolate. ...Read more

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What does having a low body temperature mean for longevity?

What does having a low body temperature mean for longevity?

Longevity: There are some theories that a lower body temperature may be associated with longer life span. ...Read more

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How do you treat hypothermia?

How do you treat hypothermia?

Warm body...: There are many ways to slowly warm a patient who has hypothermia. Examples include, warm blankets, warmed IV fluids, warm water peritoneal lavage, hemodialysis with warming of blood before it is returned to the body, etc. Some of these maneuvers are very invasive and so are only used if initial, less invasive maneuvers fail. Taking off cold, wet clothing is important part of warming process. ...Read more

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What is a doctor (specialist) that treats hypothermia?

What is a doctor (specialist) that treats hypothermia?

Emergency: An er doc would generally deal with acute hypothermia, however after stabilization, depending on the severity, the patient might be cared for in the ICU by a critical care doc or on the general floor by a hospitalist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for acute hypothermia?

Please see below.: Call 911 immediately. Treatment includes preventing further heat loss, then careful rewarming, as well as respiratory support. Hypothermia can cause heart rhythm problems, which can require medication, cpr, or a defibrillator. ...Read more

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How can I prevent acute hypothermia?

How can I prevent acute hypothermia?

Prepare for it.: Always dress appropriately for cold weather (and keep blankets in the car in case you get stranded); if swimming in cold water, a wet suit helps. ...Read more

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I have hypokalemic periodic paralysis and a family history of malignant hypothermia as well as identical twin boys with epidermolysis bullosa simplex. Is it possible these could all be related?

Related: Possible. Genetic testing and counseling would be recommended --- more so with the malignant hypothermia - this is genetic and passed to kids. If they ever need surgery would be wise to know that with the twins.
They are all inherited conditions. ...Read more

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What conditions may increase the risk for acute hypothermia?

EXCESSIVE TIME UNDER: Low temperatures, below freezing, without appropriate shelter and or insulation. ...Read more

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What causes hypothermia?

Cold: Hypothermia is caused by loss of body heat. This can occur in injury, immersion in water, surgery, exposure outdoors, etc. Some conditions call for deliberately induced hypothermia such as stroke and post-cardiac arrest patients. Severe hypothermia requires medical intervention, mild hypothermia-a cup of hot chocolate. ...Read more

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How do you treat hypothermia?

Warm body...: There are many ways to slowly warm a patient who has hypothermia. Examples include, warm blankets, warmed IV fluids, warm water peritoneal lavage, hemodialysis with warming of blood before it is returned to the body, etc. Some of these maneuvers are very invasive and so are only used if initial, less invasive maneuvers fail. Taking off cold, wet clothing is important part of warming process. ...Read more

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What are the signs of hypothermia?

Low body temp: Definition: below 95 degrees: depending on the body temp: between 95-89.6 - poor peripheral circulation, shivering, apathy, lethargy, confusion and rapid heart rate; between 89.6-82.4 - shivering stops, increased confusion or delirium, slowing heart rate and irregular heart rate; below 82.4 coma, ventricular fibrillation (type of cardiac arrest), may look dead; below 68 brain activity stops. ...Read more

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How do you treat acute hypothermia?

Please see below.: Treatment includes preventing further heat loss, then careful rewarming, as well as respiratory support. Hypothermia can cause heart rhythm problems, which can require medication, cpr, or a defibrillator. ...Read more

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How can hypothermia happen and why?

Hypothermia: Happens because body temperature drops below normal. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of hypothermia?

Circumstance depends: Walking/hiking outdoors with hypothermia can make you slow and sleepy, with risk of more damage as you cool down further. Frostbite results when parts of you get too cold and freeze.
In a different setting, like after injury or surgery, with heavy bleeding, hypothermia throws off the body's ability to clot and stop the bleeding. Other basic functions get thrown off as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hypothermia?

Please see below.: Symptoms can include mood change, irritability, poor judgment, rhythmic or repeated movements, slurred speech, difficulty moving, fatigue, coma, or even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of acute hypothermia?

Please see below.: Symptoms can include mood change, irritability, poor judgment, rhythmic or repeated movements, slurred speech, difficulty moving, fatigue, coma, or even cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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Can I get hypothermia just out in the air?

Yes: Hypothermia can occur in temperature exposures of 50f or higher in wet and windy weather. Certain factors can predispose people to developing hypothermia, such as alcohol consumption. Home treatment may raise body temperature to normal in some mild cases of hypothermia but this can require hospital care if moderate to severe. ...Read more

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What temperature does hypothermia occur at?

95F or 35C: The definition of hypotermia is when a person has a temperature of 35C /95F or below. ...Read more

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Common problems after a case of hypothermia?

Hypothermia: Hypothermia, can affect many organs and to some extent dependent on age. It can cause clotting system problems, diuresis (passing excess amounts of urine) and in extreme cases heart rhythm problems as the body temperature slowly goes towards normal ...Read more

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How long would it take to die if hypothermia?

Depends: If you are dry, naked on an ice floe, you are much safer than wet or immersed in water because the heat loss is so much faster in the water.....It is best to avoid hypothermia and death. ...Read more