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Dr. Jason Adler Dr. Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
20 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Steven Rosner Dr. Rosner
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Jennifer Letourneau Dr. Letourneau
Critical Care
17 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Common causes of low body temperature?

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.

Dr. Ruth Spector Dr. Spector
Critical Care
31 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

Dr. Colin Kerr Dr. Kerr
Family Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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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).

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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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?

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?

Dr. Nancy Durso Dr. Durso
Fertility Medicine
34 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Ward Dean Dr. Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine
39 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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).

Dr. Ziad Akl Dr. Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
27 years in practice
St Joseph's University Faculty of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay Dr. Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
17 years in practice
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
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What causes low body temperature (95.3) when sick with the flu?

Sweating & inflammat: Both high body temp (fever) as well as low (hypothermia) are immune responses to an infection. IL-1, a key protein, causes sweating & a rise in body temp. After the sweating, the body cools. Blood from the core organs (warm) gets shunted to the skin where it dissipates, cooling the body & lowering the temperature. Again, both HIGH and LOW body temp can indicate infection..

Dr. Louise Andrew Dr. Andrew
Emergency Medicine
42 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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What is some causes of: low body temperature, constantly freezing in a 70 degree room, blue fingernails, and shivering? Thank you in advance.

What is some causes of: low body temperature, constantly freezing in a 70 degree room, blue fingernails, and shivering? Thank you in advance.

Low blood pressure: You are actually too young to use this service. Ask your parents to take you to a doctor.

Dr. Donald Gieck Dr. Gieck
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Would low body temperature cause anxiety? Get attacks every night and take Lexapro (escitalopram) which helps, but doesn't fix the problem. Also have low thyroid.

Possibly: hypothyroidism may contribute to lower body temp or feeling cold, as might a history of anxiety. Interestingly both issues are associated with constriction of blood flow to extremities, increasing the feeling of cold. Suggest discussing symptoms with your provider. Also consider cognitive behavior therapy for panic symptoms as well as visualization activities to increase blood flow to extremities.

Dr. David Hardin Dr. Hardin
Wound care
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Low body temperature all day, slow wound healing, numbness, and eye floaters. What could be the cause?

Low body temperature all day, slow wound healing, numbness, and eye floaters. What could be the cause?

Multiple endocrinopathy: These could be tied into an autoimmune multiple endocrineopathy which effects multiple hormone producing glands hypothyroid effects explain all except the floaters for them see an ophthalmologist for possible retinal detachment which could tie into diabetes or cushings syndrome.

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Dr. Charles Gordon Dr. Gordon
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Low body temperature 1wk+ 35.6c-36c, night sweats 6mos+.free t3 (liothyronine) t4 test normal, WBC 11.6 giga/L, neutrophils 7.7 giga/L. History of hashimotos. Cause?

Low body temperature 1wk+ 35.6c-36c, night sweats 6mos+.free t3 (liothyronine) t4 test normal, WBC 11.6 giga/L, neutrophils 7.7 giga/L. History of hashimotos. Cause?

Too little info: Go to a good local doc and have him take a good and thorough history and a really good physical exam. That is the key to doing good medicine. That will help guide you to an answer to your problems.

Dr. Nestor Del rosario Dr. Del rosario
Addiction Medicine
30 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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What is low body temperature?

97: The normal temperature is 98.6 degrees. When a composite of people are examined it is found that temperature can rise or decrease about 1.5 degrees depending on time of day, activity, hormonal cycle etc. It is found that 97 degrees is the lower limit and below this is hypothermia.

Dr. Jason Adler Dr. Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
20 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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S low body temperature a bad sign?

Low body temperature: A mildly low body temperature is not always a problem. A temperature less than 95f (35c) is considered hypothermia and temperatures this low can produce problems for a person.

Dr. Jennifer Letourneau Dr. Letourneau
Critical Care
17 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Low body temperature. What should I do?

It depends: Acute drops in body temperature can be a sign of an acute illness or injury and you should be seen by a health care provider right away. If this is a chronic issue and you have no other symptoms, you may be someone who's temperature exists on the low end of normal. Either way, it would be worth discussing with a health care provider.

Dr. Nestor Del rosario Dr. Del rosario
Addiction Medicine
30 years in practice
Eastern Virginia Medical School
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What is considered a low body temperature?

Below 36.3 oral: The temperature at different parts of the body vary. The core temperature which is closest to that taken rectally is usually higher. The temperature taken in a clinic is usually oral temperature. By averaging people's temperature, it was determined that the normal temp is 36.8 plus or minus 0.5 so it would have a range of 36.3 to 37.3.

Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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What could a low body temperature indicate?

Hypothermia: Low body temperature can be environmental due to exposure, particularly wet cold conditions. Hypothyroidism is the most common metabolic condition associated with a low body temperature.