Cold Feet? (Or Hands?)
It won't be long until the frigid days of winter are upon us here in the Northeast. While opinions on cold weather differ from person to person (love it or hate it), we all agree there comes a point where it is just TOO COLD. Plus, it only takes about a 3 degree drop in body temperature to begin experiencing the effects of hypothermia. Keep reading to find out when being cold goes from being annoying to deadly.
As your body temperature drops to these levels, here's what you might experience:
- 32-35°C (89.6-95°F) - Mild hypothermia: shivering, fast heart rate and breathing, some confusion
- 28-32°C (82.4-89.6°F) - Moderate hypothermia: violent shivering, slow movements, stumbling, mild confusion, pale skin, lips/ears/fingers may appear blue
- <28°C (<82.4°F) - Severe hypothermia: extreme difficultly thinking, speaking, or walking, puffy skin, vital signs are reduced or absent