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How You Can Survive and Overcome Hypothermia

Hypothermia is a condition that occurs when the body’s core temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. It can cause mild symptoms in some people, but it can be fatal to others. The great majority of hypothermia cases happen when someone gets caught outside during extremely cold weather without proper clothing or shelter.

This post will help you survive and overcome this dangerous condition with helpful tips on what you should do if you are found in these conditions without protection from the cold.

Understanding Hypothermia

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Hypothermia is when your body temperature drops too low. If you get cold, your heart will start to slow down, and that can be very dangerous! The best way to avoid hypothermia is by dressing in layers and having a good sleeping bag. Symptoms include shivering, confusion and exhaustion. If untreated, it can be fatal.

2. Signs of hypothermia

The signs of hypothermia are shivering, confusion, loss of coordination, and mental status changes. The first symptom of hypothermia is shivering. This may be followed by confusion, drowsiness, and clumsiness. Victims should seek shelter immediately because this condition can quickly deteriorate into unconsciousness or cardiac arrest.

3. How to avoid or prevent it

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Hypothermia can be prevented by wearing warm clothing, staying hydrated, and avoiding situations that are likely to lead to hypothermia. When it’s cold, wear layers. Having too many clothes is better than wearing too few. Your clothing should keep you warm even when wet.

4. Treatment for hypothermia

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Increasing body temperature is the best way to treat hypothermia. The most common method of doing this is by applying external heat sources, such as hot water bottles and heated blankets.

The best way to treat hypothermia is to warm the victim slowly and move them into a heated building or car. The body’s temperature should be raised about 0.5 degrees every hour until it reaches 100°F (37.8 C).

5. Preventing the risk of getting hypothermia in the first place.

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The best thing to do is stay dry. If you keep your clothing dry, you decrease the chance of getting hypothermia by 33%. One of the best ways to prevent hypothermia is by wearing layers when you’re getting out in cold weather, don’t stay out in the cold for too long.

6. Tips on how to survive and overcome hypothermia if you have already been affected by it

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If you are already experiencing hypothermia, you must remove yourself from the elements as soon as possible. Find shelter and if it is too cold outside to do so, find a room with a heater or fireplace.

It’s important to know what your body needs in order to stay warm: blood flow and insulation. Blood flow is increased by raising your heart rate through exercise or movement; as well as keeping yourself dry and covered with extra layers if possible. Insulation helps keep warmth close to your skin by trapping air around you which provides some protection from heat loss.

If hypothermic, get into dry clothing immediately and drink hot liquids until you feel better.

Hypothermia is a serious medical condition that can be fatal if not treated quickly. If you’re in an area where hypothermia could occur, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of the illness so you can take steps to prevent or treat it.