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Doctor insights on: Hypothermia In Reptiles

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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

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Hypothermia (Definition)

This means low body temperature it can be due ...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 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 signs you are catching hypothermia?

What are the signs you are catching hypothermia?

Many signs: Some of the first signs are high respiratory rate, high heart rate, confusion, and shivering. People with hypothermia will develop confusion and possibly slurred speech. As hypothermia becomes worse, both heart rate and respiratory rate decrease, and shivering may decrease. People will become very sleepy and may hallucinate. Note that, while common, not all people will have these signs. ...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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Can i get frostbites from hypothermia?

Can i get frostbites from hypothermia?

Yes: Frostbite is a cold burn that occurs due to exposure of your body to cold temperatures. ...Read more

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Below what temperature does hypothermia set in?

Various definitions: Below 97 or 96.5 rectally according to some sources. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of hypothermia?

What are the signs and symptoms of hypothermia?

Shivering: Shivering is your body's automatic defense against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself. Clumsiness or lack of coordination slurred speech or mumbling stumbling confusion or difficulty thinking poor decision making drowsiness apathy or lack of concern about one's condition progressive loss of consciousness weak pulse slow, shallow breathing. ...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