Everyone has heard people say, “please close the door, I’m going to get hypothermia”, they say it playfully, but it is a very serious medical emergency. Hypothermia is a condition that occurs to your body when it loses heat faster than it can produce. Natural body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C) degrees.
Hypothermia occurs when the body is exposed to cold weather. Whether it’s not wearing the right clothing for the cold weather and even stepping in a puddle. When your body temperature drops, your body will slow down, slowing down your heart, system, nervous system, and other organs. If left untreated, hypothermia can cause complete failure of the heart, and eventually lead to death.
Shivering is your body's first defense system against hypothermia, shivering is your body's attempt to warm itself. Symptoms for hypothermia occur very gradually and slowly, therefore many people aren't aware of their conditions until it has deteriorated.
Hypothermia in seniors
When people age, their ability to sense the loss in temperature decreases, and their bodies struggle to heat themselves. Hypothermia is very dangerous for people over the age of 65 every winter. As mentioned before, some elderly people who suffer from dementia often don’t dress appropriately for the weather and they are at risk of getting hypothermia.
Hypothermia isn't only a problem when you go out to the cold weather, it can also happen when your home isn't properly heated. Here are some tips for avoiding hypothermia.
It is important to treat hypothermia immediately.Once hypothermia sets in, it is a slippery slope. So, treating it quickly is important.
Hypothermia is very important to treat quickly, especially with the elderly and children. Most people don’t think that hypothermia is very common, but it is! So, please keep yourself warm and stay out of the cold weather.
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