What is hypothermia in relation to Kilimanjaro?


What is hypothermia in relation to Kilimanjaro?

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  1. Hypothermia is a condition where the body becomes dangerously cold. It can be caused by brief exposure to extreme cold, or by prolonged exposure to mild cold.

    Hypothermia occurs when a person’s deep-core body temperature drops below 35 degrees celsius (95 degrees farenheit). It is the lowered temperature of the organs inside the body that is important – an ordinary thermometer cannot measure this.

    The person may not actually feel cold but if they stay in a cold environment and do little or nothing to keep warm, then they may run the risk of becoming hypothermic or becoming ill with bronchitis or pneumonia. Both are cold-related illnesses.

    Danger signs to watch out for:

    • Drowsiness
    • Very cold skin on parts of the body normally covered, for example, stomach or armpits
    • Slurred or incoherent speech
    • Absence of complaint about feeling cold, even in a bitterly cold environment.
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