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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hypothermia

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Hypothermia (Definition)

This means 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?

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