Hypothermia is an unintentional lowering of the body’s temperature to 95⁰ F or below. Normal body temperature is approximately 98.6⁰ F
- Hypothermia can occur if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, submersion in cold water, or exposure to low air temperatures
- Vulnerable individuals may be affected by air temperatures as low as 65⁰
- Hypothermia Is most likely to occur in very cold weather conditions
Warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, confusion, memory loss, drowsiness, exhaustion, and slurred speech. In infants warning signs include flushed, cold skin and very low energy. Protecting yourself in cold weather is simple. Remember to bundle-up when going outside, wear a hat and scarf, cover your face and mouth, and wear several layers of clothing to help insulate you. These tips are brought to you by the Langlade County Health Department (715)-627-6250.