Hypothermia
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From: Travel Health Information and Advice


Hypothermia
Hypothermia is caused when the body's core temperature drops to below 95 degrees Fahrenheit and can range from mild to severe symptoms which can be fatal.

Symptoms of Hypothermia
Symptoms of hypothermia vary depending on the severity:

As the hypothermia progresses symptoms can include:

If left untreated, severe symptoms can include:

Cause of Hypothermia
Hypothermia is caused when the body's core temperature drops, this can be as a result of prolonged exposure to cold weather conditions or immersion into cold water.

Most At Risk From Hypothermia
Due to their inability to generate enough heat the elderly and young are high risk. People under the influence of drugs or alcohol are at risk due to impaired body functions. And some medications and medical conditions can also put people at risk of hypothermia.

Preventing Hypothermia
There are several ways to help avoid hypothermia such as:

Treatment for Hypothermia
If you suspect hypothermia then seek medical attention as the condition can be fatal if left untreated and can quickly deteriorate. It is important to warm up the affected person by taking immediate shelter, removing any cold wet clothing and replacing it with lots of dry clothing. Depending on the extent of the symptoms warm drinks (but not alcohol) are essential and where appropriate a small carbohydrate snack. Closely monitor to see if symptoms start to deteriorate.


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