Hypothermia is a potentially life-threatening sickness where your body temperature falls below 35 C (95 F), a variable which should stay stable for the body’s proper functioning. Its optimum temperature is approximately 37 C (99 F) and is regulated by a process called homeostasis. If this regulatory mechanism isn’t able to bring your body temperature back to normal, then you suffer this condition and experience symptoms such as shivering and confusion. This piece will show you how to treat hypothermia if such an event should occur.
Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition. The elderly are most at risk of contracting it as they may not notice their own temperature dropping. Encourage them to install thermostats in their homes to keep the temperature at a constant, safe temperature. If their body temperature drops, it triggers various other organs to misfire; blood vessels reduce, which increases the pressure on the heart, muscles tighten and the lungs close in. The consequences of hypothermia can be devastating.
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