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Cold skin Treatments

Cold skin: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for cold skin are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause and decreases the risk of developing serious complications.

The first step in treating cold skin is prevention. This includes preventing excessive exposure to temperatures that are very hot or very cold. Prevention also include covering all exposed body parts when exposed to cold or freezing temperatures and avoiding or limiting time spent in hot or cold temperatures and in cold water. Prevention also includes removing cold wet clothing as soon as possible, drying off and putting on dry clothing.

Treatment of hypothermia and frostbite includes bringing the person into a warm area, removing wet clothing, and giving warm beverages that do not contain alcohol or caffeine, and seeking immediate medical care. Hospitalization may be necessary, and in severe cases, treatment includes intensive care and possibly life support measures.

Treatment of heat exhaustion includes bringing a person into a cool, shady environment and giving cool sponge baths and cool fluids. Hospitalization may be necessary, and in severe cases that result in heatstroke, treatment includes intensive care and possibly life support measures.

Anemia may be treated with blood transfusions, depending on the type of anemia. Febrile illnesses caused by a bacterial infection are treated with antibiotics. Hypothyroidism is treated with oral thyroid hormone medication.

Treatments for Causes of Cold skin

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Cold skin:

More causes: not all possible causes for Cold skin are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Cold skin.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cold skin:

The following list of conditions have 'Cold skin' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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