What are the reasons for lowering body temperature below normal to 35 degrees?
Why is the slide going down?
Usually, the temperature in an adult and a child who does not suffer from any diseases can vary from 35.5 degrees to 37. We are used to the fact that with a cold, inflammation, and other disorders of the immune system, our body immediately starts to burn and the readings on the thermometer immediately increase . Now we will try to find out why they can go down, and whether treatment is necessary.
It is possible to identify the following causes of violations:
- diseases affecting the brain and thyroid gland;
- previous infections (viral or bacterial);
- body weight that has reached critically low levels;
- acute lack of vitamin C in the body;
- exacerbation of diseases of the body that are chronic;
- significant blood loss, severe intoxication;
- neurocirculatory, vascular dystonia, hypotension, and others.
In addition to this list, which includes diseases, there are also a number of other factors, the consequence of which can be low temperature. These are the reasons of the following nature:
- physical or artificial hypothermia;
- nervous breakdown, shock;
- severe physical fatigue.
Also, the thermometer readings can drop below the norm (from 35.5) after taking certain medications, as a side effect during self-treatment of a person. Pregnancy can also be considered as the cause of low temperature. Therefore, when planning a family, you should carefully follow the indications of the body and your own feelings.
Why does pathology occur in children?
The most often low temperature (35.8 and below) occurs in infants. This is due to the fact that the mechanism of thermoregulation in them after birth has not yet been established.As a rule, it takes about 2-3 months to restore optimal indicators of a child’s body temperature. If parents observe the phenomenon of low temperature for 2 days, and other symptoms additionally appear, it is worthwhile to immediately make an appointment to see a doctor.
The reasons for the low temperature (below 35.8 degrees) in a child from 2 to 15 years can be:
- Chronical bronchitis;
- physical hypothermia of the body;
- decrease in the level of hemoglobin in the body;
- lack of essential nutrients (vitamin C);
- hemorrhage into the internal cavities;
- strong shock, nervous stress;
- the initial stages of brain diseases, inflammatory processes and some other diseases.
Symptoms and signs of pathology
As previously mentioned, low temperature (from 35.5 and below) can manifest as chills in the limbs, apathy and depression. In addition, depending on the cause of the decrease, the change can be recognized by a number of signs. These include:
- physical ailment of the whole body;
- pale skin;
- impaired brain activity;
In some situations, the temperature, the readings of which are constantly kept below the generally accepted norm (from 35.8 to 35.5), is considered an individual feature of the organism. In this case, the symptoms and the accompanying factors may differ. In such situations, only a specialist can tell if there is a threat to human life. However, usually his state of health does not suffer.
If the body temperature has dropped to 35.5 or less in a child, the following symptoms may be cause for excitement:
- weakness, decreased activity;
- frequent tantrums;
The child, who is kept low body temperature, becomes depressed, begins to "slow down" to think.Often, parents can detect a deterioration in appetite with the manifestation of a similar pathology. At the first signs it is worth to consult a doctor. The children's specialist will conduct an examination, and, if necessary, prescribe treatment.
What to do in such situations?
If you notice one or several symptoms of low temperature in yourself or a child, which persist steadily for one or two days, you should consult a specialist. Deviations from the norm in the form of lower indications of the human body from 35.8 degrees and below should be a mandatory reason for a visit to the hospital. First, it will help to establish the causes of low body temperature. To this end, experts will conduct a survey and assign tests. Secondly, if necessary, only a doctor will be able to prescribe adequate treatment.
Diagnose the causes of pathology in medical centers can with the help of:
- blood tests (biochemical, general);
- X-ray examination;
These methods will help determine the nature of the origin of hypothermia in an adult and a child. Thanks to the examination, the specialist can prescribe the optimal treatment.If there are no prerequisites for serious illnesses, and the low temperature is a consequence of reduced immunity, the doctor will recommend an increase in "folk" ways. These include: balanced diet, the normalized mode of the day, sparing the human body. In addition, the doctor may recommend to receive vitamins and immunomodulators.
In any case, lowering the body temperature of an adult or child, characterized by marks on the thermometer below 35.5 degrees, should not be overlooked.