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The body loses heat through:
Heat loss through evaporation and respiration increases in dry, windy
Wet clothing greatly increases heat loss through conduction and
Heat loss in cold, wet weather increases the risk for
hypothermia and cold injury. Heat loss can occur in
warm temperatures through conduction. Swimming or sitting in cool or cold water
can cause the body to lose heat very quickly and increase the risk for
Hypothermia can occur quickly (within a few hours) or gradually over
days and weeks depending on a person's age, overall health, and environmental
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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