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Dr. Ruth Spector
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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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Dr. Colin Kerr
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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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Dr. Nancy Durso
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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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Dr. Jason Adler
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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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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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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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? ...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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Dr. Ward Dean
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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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Dr. Ziad Akl
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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

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Dr. Donald Gieck
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Would low body temperature cause anxiety? Get attacks every night and take Lexapro 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. ...Read more

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