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Cold intolerance

Definition

Cold intolerance is an abnormal sensitivity to a cold environment or cold temperatures.

Alternative Names

Sensitivity to the cold; Intolerance to cold

Considerations

Cold intolerance can be a symptom of a metabolic problem.

Some people (often very thin women) do not tolerate cold environments because they have very little body fat and are unable to keep warm.

Common Causes

Home Care

Follow the recommended therapy for treating the cause of the problem.

Call your health care provider if

Call your health care provider if you have long-term or extreme intolerance to cold.

What to expect at your health care provider's office

Your health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination .

Medical history questions may include:

  • Time pattern
  • Medical history

Tests that may be performed include:

If your health care provider diagnosed cold intolerance, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.

References

Kim M, Ladenson P. Thyroid. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. . 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 233.

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