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How to treat and prevent hypothermia

KSNF/KODE — Weather can be predicted but is often unpredictable. When unusual arctic weather hits, hypothermia and frostbite are serious medical emergencies that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

What is hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a condition that is often caused by lengthy periods of exposure to cold temperatures but can also be a result of drugs or underlying pathologic conditions. It is defined as a core body temperature of less than 35 degrees Fahrenheit according to this source HERE. Hypothermia can also occur in temperatures above 40 degrees if a person becomes chilled from cold water, rain, or sweat.

Older adults, babies, homeless people, hunters, hikers, and those who consume drugs and alcohol are most at risk of hypothermia.

The complete article can be read at ozarksfirst.com.

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