The body starts to slow as the temperature drops. Aside from the cold that is felt and the shivering that may occur, mental function is most affected initially. A particular danger of hypothermia is that it develops gradually, and since it affects thinking and reasoning, it may go unnoticed.
- Initial hunger and nausea will give way to apathy as the core body temperature drops.
- This is followed by confusion, lethargy, slurred speech, loss of consciousness, and coma.
- Often the affected person will lie down, fall asleep, and die. In some cases, the patient will paradoxically remove their clothes just before this occurs.
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