Hypothermia

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj D.H.M.S  •  Dr. Puja Bhadel Bhardwaj  M.D.

  

Hypothermia is a condition, which happens very commonly during winter to infants and old peoples.

When body temperature goes below 35.0 °C or 95.°F and it is harmful because body metabolism and body function gets affected negatively by hypothermia.

 


Signs and Symptoms:

  • Skin that is cold to the touch
  • Shivering at first, then the absence of shivering
  • Lethargy, drowsiness
  • Weakness, clumsiness
  • Irritability, combativeness
  • Confusion, delirium, hallucinations
  • Slow reflexes
  • Seizure, stupor, or coma
  • Slowed, shallow, or arrested breathing
  • Slowed, irregular, or arrested heartbeat

 

Risk factors include:

  • Exposure to cold
  • Immersion in cold water
  • Severe trauma, especially brain injury or burns
  • Not moving for long periods of time
  • Age-related physical problems. More than half of all hypothermia-related deaths occur in people over age 65
  • Pre-existing disease such as heart failure, pulmonary infection, other toxic infections, or endocrine disorders
  • Dehydration
  • Drugs such as alcohol, tranquilizers, sedatives, hypnotics, or antipsychotics
  • Poverty, malnutrition, or homelessness
  • Mental impairment that causes someone to be unaware of cold



Homoeopathic Treatment:

The use of homeopathic medicine is a time-honored approach to strength the body and treating hypothermia. Homeopathic medicine is very useful remedy when used just following exposure to cold which includes shock and when extremities are cold, tingling, or numb.It helps to relieve icy coldness, numbness, tingling, and shooting pains. It is good for pricking sensations and coldness. It is also useful for bluish discoloration of the skin accompanied by muscle cramps.