Body temperature is a way to measure your body’s ability to generate and remove heat. Body temperature below 95-degrees Fahrenheit is considered abnormally low and is known as a condition called hypothermia. This can happen when our body loses heat faster than it can produce it.
Hypothermia is a medical emergency and if left untreated, it can cause serious complications like brain damage. In some cases, it can even be fatal. Knowing the signs, causes, and risk factors are so important to help prevent it from happening in the first place. In this article, we take a closer look into the causes of low body temperature as well as the signs and what to do if it happens.
What Is Normal Body Temperature?
Before we explore low body temperature it’s important to have an understanding of what is considered normal body temperature. First, normal body temperature isn’t the same for everyone. Mayo Clinic explains that your “normal” temperature could be 1-degree different than someone else’s. That said, the average normal body temperature is around 98.5-degrees Fahrenheit.
Your temperature can fluctuate through the day too. Things that can affect your body temperature include your age, sex, what you’ve eaten or had to drink, if you’re in your menstrual cycle, and how active you are. Body temperature that is too high is considered a fever and temperatures too low are considered hypothermia.