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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Age: Low hormones comes from aging. The degenerative process starts at 30 when everyone loses about 1-3% of hormones per year. This can be expedited by poor lifestyle: too much drinking, drugs/pain pills, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, chronic diseases, trauma and poor diet. Change your lifestyle to improve your health. ...Read more
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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
For adults: What is the normal body temperature range? What is the temp. of a fever? What is low body temp. range? What is the high body temp. range?
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.. ...Read more
Other diseases: If you ask me what causes low o2 in a perfectly normal and healthy elderly it makes a difference. There is an alveolar to arterial ratio that changes with age, and o2 is lower in elderly by this notion alone but no to point of hypoxia. There is such thing as senile emphysema by age alone, with the changes like that of the skin. See the compressibility of finger as the machine could restrict pulse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immune deficiency?: Many immune problems can cause low grade fever, but autoimmune disease has usually specific findings other than fever. Low grade fever in children may be normal. Children will frequently have higher temperatures for any illness than adults. You did not say how the temps were taken of when. This info is needed for a good answer! but if a fever is present, i would bet on low grade infection! ...Read more
Time of day?: Our normal temperature will vary from person to person, so that there is no "set temperature" that will be normal from one person to the next. For most people, that will be at or near 98.6f. Some higher, while others lower. Individually, our temperatures do vary from morning to night, having the lowest times during the morning and highest in the evening. ...Read more
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