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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
    • Have you always been intolerant of cold?
    • Has this developed recently?
    • Has it been getting worse?
    • Do you often feel cold when other people do not complain of the cold?
  • Medical history
    • What is your diet like?
    • How is your general health?
    • What are your height and weight?
    • What other symptoms do you have?

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:

Ladenson P, Kim M. Thyroid. In: Goldman L and Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders; 2007:chap 244.




Review Date: 6/17/2008
Reviewed By: Elizabeth H. Holt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Yale University. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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