Hypothermia Ashland KY

Hypothermia is a life threatening condition caused by over exposure to cold temperatures. Learn how to prevent and treat this condition at Nomadik.com. Please read on for more detailed information in the following article.

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Hypothermia

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Hypothermia

Don't catch your death of cold

You don't need to expose yourself to bone-chilling winter temperatures to experience hypothermia. Hypothermia, where your body temperature drops so low that normal body functions can't take place, isn't limited to winter months. Summertime spelunkers , balmy-day boaters and mountain climbers at any time of the year are at risk.

Prevention

The biggest hypothermia risks occur

  • On the water: Because water draws heat from your body 25 times faster than dry air, any activity that gets you damp or wet is a hypothermia risk. Regardless of air temperature, if the water is under 70 F, you're at risk for hypothermia.
  • Above the tree line: If the climate is too severe for trees, it's not going to be kind to humans. Regardless of how high up you are, if trees don't grow take this as a sign that you need to take extra precautions to stay warm. Adjust weather forecasts according to the altitude and factor in windchill.
  • In the winter: A minute of exposure to extreme conditions can take hours to reverse. Stay covered.

Age, health, nutrition, duration of exposure, dehydration and exhaustion can also contribute to hypothermia. To avoid hypothermia,

  • Wear appropriate clothing (wool retains heat even when damp).
  • Dress in layers:
    • Light inner "wicking" layer to draw sweat away from your skin
    • Middle layer for insulation
    • Outer wind- and water-resistant layer.
  • Bring a change of clothes.
  • Bring food - carbohydrates turn to heat more quickly than fat or protein.
  • Drink fluids regularly (avoid alcohol, tea and coffee, which dehydrate you).

Signs and Symptoms

Hypothermia can sneak up on you, developing slowly and subtly. If you're suffering from hypothermia, you won't realize it, but your travel companions might. If you're in conditions where hypothermia is an immediate threat, periodically stop and check each other for symptoms.

The first sign that you're losing heat is shivering. As your body temperature continues to drop, other signs and symptoms of hypothermia include, with increasing severity,

  • Shivering stops (this is not an indication that you've warmed up, but a red flag)
  • Slurred speech
  • Exhaustion and drowsiness
  • Erratic behavior
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dilated pupils
  • Apathy
  • Unconsciousness.

Treatment

The treatment depends on the level of hypothermia. If you or a member of your group is exhibiting symptoms of hypothermia,

  • Find or set up shelter immed...

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