Exposure to the cold causes hypothermia, but other factors can play into the likelihood of getting hypothermia as well. A patient with hypothermia may experience core body temperatures between eighty-two degrees to ninety-five degrees, while normal body temperature averages 98.6 degrees. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, slow and/ or shallow breathing, confusion, fatigue, slurred or mumbled speech, and a slow and/ or weak pulse. If someone gets hypothermia from the extreme cold, it is important to get them indoors, remove their wet clothing, dry them off, and give them blankets to warm up.
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