Cold intolerance

Definition

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

Considerations

Cold intolerance can be a symptom of a problem with metabolism.

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

Causes

Home Care

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

When to Contact a Medical Professional

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

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

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

Your provider's questions may include the following topics.

Time pattern:

Medical history:

Tests that may be performed include:

If your health care provider diagnoses cold intolerance, you may want to include the diagnosis in your personal medical record.


Review Date: 5/11/2014
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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