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Hypothermia develops slowly, causing shivering, clumsiness, confusion, and memory loss. Ironically, advanced hypothermia symptoms can actually cause you to feel too warm and shivering may stop.
Call 911 or seek emergency care immediately if you are experiencing hypothermia symptoms. As your body drops below 95 degrees, your heart, brain, and other organs can stop working properly. This can lead to very serious complications, such as hypothermia cardiac arrest and hypothermic shock. Emergency doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast can provide the fast care you need.
Your body can lose heat in four different ways, causing hypothermia. They are:
Emergency doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast know that most cases of accidental hypothermia are caused by convection or conduction. Less common are evaporation and radiation hypothermia.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of hypothermia, perform the following first aid steps until you can get professional medical help:
Of course, the best advice we can offer is to prevent hypothermia from occurring in the first place. Wear layered clothing, stay dry, change out of wet clothes, and avoid overexertion that can cause sweating and wet clothes. With these things in mind, you can enjoy outdoor activities in every season without the risk of hypothermia.
For more safety tips on preventing hypothermia on California’s Central Coast, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health.
Dignity Health emergency doctors deliver care with humankindness for hypothermia on the Central Coast of California.