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Hypothermia is when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it and your core body temperature drops below 95°F. Below normal body temperature, the brain, heart, and other organs cannot work properly. Hypothermia can become fatal very quickly and is a medical emergency.
Dignity Health offers quick and efficient treatment, 24/7, for hypothermia in the Bay Area.
The body loses heat in four ways:
Most cases of accidental hypothermia are caused by convection and conduction.
Hypothermia happens gradually, so you may not realize it. Symptoms include:
During severe hypothermia, you may start feeling too warm and stop shivering. This can cause you to remove clothing, making hypothermia worse. Eventually, loss of consciousness and death occurs.
Treatment for hypothermia is vital to prevent injury or even death. For signs of hypothermia:
To help prevent hypothermia:
Dignity Health provides emergency care for hypothermia in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.