Sensitivity to the cold; Intolerance to cold
Cold intolerance is an abnormal sensitivity to a cold environment or cold temperatures.
Cold intolerance can be a symptom of a problem with metabolism.
Some people (often very thin women) do not tolerate cold temperatures because they have very little body fat to help keep them warm.
Some causes of cold intolerance are:
Follow the recommended therapy for treating the cause of the problem.
Call your health care provider if you have long-term or extreme intolerance to cold.
Your provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
Your provider's questions may include the following topics.
Tests that may be performed include:
If your provider diagnoses cold intolerance, you may want to include the diagnosis in your personal medical record.
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