Preventing Hypothermia: A Dangerous Health Condition

Hypothermia is one of the serious health problems that can be caused by exposure during cold weather.

If a person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees, immediately seek medical attention.

In mild cases the symptoms include:

  • uncontrollable shivering
  • pale and cold skin

Other more serious signs include:

  • confusion or sleepiness
  • lowed speech
  • shallow breathing
  • weak pulse
  • stiffness in the arms or legs
  • or, poor control over body movements.

In the case of serious symptoms, contact the victim's doctor, or call 911.

In either case, until help arrives or the person is seen by a doctor, move the person to a warm room, warm the body with dry layers of blankets or clothing, and give warm beverages. (Do not attempt to give beverages to an unconscious person.)

Remember, Hypothermia should not be treated at home.

Links

CDC/Preparing for Winter Weather

CDC/Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter Weather

CDC/Winter Weather FAQs

CDC/Extreme Cold Guide

CDC/Facts about Hypothermia from Extreme Cold