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 environments because they have very little body fat and are unable to keep warm.
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 health care 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 health care provider diagnoses cold intolerance, you may want to include the diagnosis in your personal medical record.
Sensitivity to the cold; Intolerance to cold
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Updated 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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