People are more likely to suffer from hypothermia if they also suffer from chronic diseases, are malnourished, fatigued, take prescription medicine or experience the effects of drug and alcohol use.
Staying outdoors in the cold without enough clothes on, falling into cold water from a boat, having damp clothes on for a long period of time, overexerting yourself or not eating or drinking enough food or liquids in cold temperatures are some of the causes that can lead to low body temperatures of under 35° C (95° F), which is our natural body temperature.
The University of Maryland Medical Center, explains that as an individual develops hypothermia, they slowly begin to lose their ability to think and move and they may not even be aware of their need for emergency treatment. Someone with hypothermia also runs the risk of getting frostbite.
In order to raise someone’s body temperature, it is crucial to get treated on time. If the response time is not quick enough, the patient may experience lethargy, a heart attack, shock or may enter a coma, which can be fatal.