Hypothermia means that your body loses heat faster than it can make heat. You can get it if you spend time in cold air, water, wind, or rain.
Most healthy people with mild to moderate hypothermia fully recover. And they don't have lasting problems. But babies and older or sick adults may be more at risk for hypothermia. This is because their bodies do not control temperature as well.
Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions for how to get better. It's also important to learn how to protect yourself from hypothermia in the future.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If you see symptoms in someone who has been in cold weather, keep the person warm and dry and get help quickly. Symptoms include shivering, cold and pale skin, and slurred speech.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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