Hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature passes below 95 F (35 C). Symptoms: • Shivering • Dizziness • Hunger • Nausea • Faster breathing • Trouble speaking • Slight confusion • Lack of coordination • Fatigue • Increased heart rate.
Hypothermia is treated by preventing further heat being lost and by gently warming the patient. Things to avoid There are certain things you shouldn't do when helping someone with hypothermia because it may make the condition worse: don't put the cold person into a hot bath • don't massage their limbs • don't use heating lamps • don't give them alcohol to drink