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Alternative NamesSensitivity to the cold; Intolerance to cold
Definition Return to top
Cold intolerance is an abnormal sensitivity to a cold environment or cold temperatures.
Considerations Return to top
Cold intolerance can be a symptom of a metabolic problem.
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 Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Follow the recommended therapy for treating the cause of the problem.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if you have long-term or extreme intolerance to cold.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
Your health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
Medical history questions may include:
Tests that may be performed include:
If your health care provider diagnosed cold intolerance, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.
References Return to top
Ladenson P, Kim M. Thyroid. In: Goldman L and Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders; 2007:chap 244.Update Date: 6/17/2008 Updated by: Elizabeth H. Holt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Yale University. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.