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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Hypothermia (Definition)

Low body temperature. It can be due ...Read more


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What are some different causes of hypothermia?

What are some different causes of  hypothermia?

Many causes: One category of causes is increased heat loss, such as environmental exposure, drug side-effects, and skin disorders. Another category is decreased heat production, such as from hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia or malnutrition. You can also think about impaired regulation, typically from neurologic disease. In addition, a condition like sepsis (associated with severe infection) can cause hypothermia. ...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 is the maximum water temperature that can cause hypothermia?

What is the maximum water temperature that can cause hypothermia?

Hypothermia: Generally speaking there is no maximum water temperature associated with hypothermia. The ultimate result of hypothermia varies with the temperature involved, the duration of exposure, the presence of any clothing, the thickness of the skin and of the underlying fat. Hypothermia results when the core temperature drops below 95o. Thus, prolonged exposure to 94o water could do it. ...Read more

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Midodrine for dysautonomia, makes me feel really cold and shaky will it cause hypothermia?

Midodrine for dysautonomia, makes me feel really cold and shaky will it cause hypothermia?

Midodrine: No - misodrine effects the vascular system causing the blood vessels to tighten to promote higher blood pressure. The vascular constriction may leave you feeling cold. ...Read more

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What is a cause of mild hypothermia without being in cold water? Can a flu? Its 33.5. If so what kind of flu? Swine?

What is a cause of mild hypothermia without being in cold water? Can a flu? Its 33.5. If so what kind of flu? Swine?

Hypothermia: Temp <35 c (95f). The most common cause is environmental (being in a cold place). Flu does not cause hypothermia. If you are sick with a virus you get chills and cold sweats because you body is releasing heat thru' your skin (capillaries open up- skin feels hot-& sweats) in order to lower temperature , but is not hypothermia. If outside temp is low, stay inside, wear gloves, socks, clothing. ...Read more

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Ideas? What medical problems can hypothermia cause?

Depends on severity: Mild hypothermia, usually no lasting damage. More severe, there is lack of oxygen to tissues leading to frostbite, gangrene, fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, kidney failure, heart problems. You can get changes in heart rate, slowed breathing, changes in consciousness, with slurred speech, staggering walk and unresponsiveness. Kind of an odd topic for summer. ...Read more

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What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for hypothermia and heat stroke?

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment for hypothermia and heat stroke?

Thermal: Hypothermia caused by more cold than system can handle. Heat stroke is the other end more heat than the system can handle. They both have weakness and confusion as prominent symptoms. For cold gradual rewarding and vice versa. Hydration is important for both. ...Read more

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Can severe hypothermia cause brain damage? Or any long-term damaged if left untreated?

Can severe hypothermia cause brain damage? Or any long-term damaged if left untreated?

Confusing question: Hypothermia is actually used in centers to reduce brain metabolism after a stressful event and has a brain protective effect. Gradual rewarming is eventually done. Patients will either re-warm and survive or secumb to their problem.I fail to understand what treatment someone could omit and still have a surrvivor. ...Read more

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What actually causes someone to die if they are caught withtout shelter and get hypothermia?

What actually causes someone  to die if they are caught withtout shelter and get hypothermia?

Usually heart stops: 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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Common causes of low body temperature?

Many: Low body temperature may be due to exposure to cold conditions, infections that lead to sepsis, use of alcohol or other drugs in the setting of cold conditions, adrenal, pituitary, or thyroid gland dysfunction, acute brain injuries such as stroke or trauma, spinal cord injury, or brain tumor. Low body temperature is defined as body temperature less than 36 degrees celcius or 95 degrees farenheit. ...Read more

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What causes low body temperature in adults?

What causes low body temperature in adults?

Variety: Hypothermia or low body temperature can be caused by endocrine disorders, most commonly hypothyroid , infection or exposure to prolonged elements. The thyroid is responsible for our temperature regulation and our metabolism, among other things. Low circulating levels of the active compound can make us feel weak, cold, gain weight , etc. More commonly in elders they have hypothermia with infection. ...Read more

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What causes low body temperature in an adult?

What causes low body temperature in an adult?

Low body temperature: The vast majority of low temperatures in adults are actually normal. We say 98.6 is the normal temperature, but actually normal is a range from approximately 97 to 99. The rare pathologic and clinically significant causes of low body temperature are hypothyroidism, hypothermia, severe infection in the blood stream, shock, and the period just after a high fever (often your body overcools itself). ...Read more

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What can cause low body temperature in a young person?

What can cause low body temperature in a young person?

Low temperature: Low body temperature may be caused by heat loss from the body due to environmental exposure. Secondary causes of hypothermia in young people can be related to problems with the body's ability to regulate heat, as occurs in stroke or neurologic injury, spinal cord injury, low blood sugar, and in alcoholics or mentally ill who do not seek shelter from lack of recognition of cold. ...Read more

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Low body temperature when I woke this morn it's 96.8 when I went to bed it was 97.3 I'm not cold so what could cause this?

Body temp: The temperature values are OK and you feel OK. What is worrying you? Why are you measuring you body temperature when you are feeling quite well? ...Read more

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What causes low body temperature around ovulation?

What causes low body temperature around ovulation?

Basal temperature: Your temperature is not lower at ovulation it is your baseline temperature. After ovulation you have an increase in temperature by about 1/2 to 1 degree caused by progesterone. If you are not pregnant your tempaerature will return to the basal level when your next period starts. Some people note a slight drop in temp just prior to ovulation but this is not consistent. ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants cause low body temperature?

Can immunosuppressants cause low body temperature?

No (not directly): If a person become seriously infected (septic) while on an immunospressant they can have a low body temperature. Drugs that directly cause low body temperature include meds for anxiety, depression, alcohol, beta blockers, opiods, and general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Hi doc.is the POS one of the cause having low body temperature?thank u

Hi doc.is the POS one of the cause having low body temperature?thank u

I assume U mean PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is almost invariably associated with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, likewise, is often a cause of low body temperature. Find a physician who will treat your thyroid. I suggest a member of ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) or ACIM (American College of Integrative Medicine). ...Read more

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What might cause a fever followed by an abnormally low body temperature?

What might cause a fever followed by an abnormally low body temperature?

Nothing I know of: No one has answered your question so far because we are not aware of such a thing as fever followed by hypothermia. ...Read more