Hypothermia occurs when a person's body temperature drops below 35C (95F). Normal body temperature is around 37C (98.6F). Hypothermia can quickly become life threatening and should be treated as a medical emergency. It is usually caused by being in a cold environment and can be triggered by a combination of factors, such as being outdoors in cold conditions for a long time, living in a poorly heated house or falling into cold water.
Symptoms:Dizziness, Hunger, Faster breathing, Slight confusion, Lack of coordination Fatigue, Increased heart rateShivering, although as hypothermia worsens, shivering stops, Slurred speech or mumbling, Drowsiness or very low energy, Progressive loss of consciousness, Slow, shallow breathing
Diagnosis: A specialized thermometer, available in most hospital emergency rooms, can detect very low core body temperatures and confirm a diagnosis.Temperatures for mild, moderate, and severe hypothermia generally range from: Mild hypothermia: 89-95 degrees Farenheit Moderate hypothermia: 82-89 degrees Farenheit Severe hypothermia: Lower than 82 degrees Farenheit Because response to hypothermia varies among individuals, temperatures may differ.