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Holden asked in HealthOther - Health · 7 years ago

Can long term exposure to cold cause problems ?

I like to live in cold places.

I mean, for example, my rooms are quite cold because I like them to be that way. It's winter now, but I like to keep my room temperature somewhere between 14-19 grade Celsius. This is inside, but as you can guess, when I walk out of my house, the temperature is very low also and I like to spend time in the cold air.

A doctor said that this kind of exposure to cold will certainly decrease my immunity and I will have diseases and problems because of this.

Can I really get any permanent damage from this ?

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  • 7 years ago
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    There is a constant increase in hospitalizations and mortality during winter months; cardiovascular diseases as well as respiratory infections are responsible for a large proportion of this added morbidity and mortality. Exposure to cold has often been associated with increased incidence and severity of respiratory tract infections. The data available suggest that exposure to cold, either through exposure to low environmental temperatures or during induced hypothermia, increases the risk of developing upper and lower respiratory tract infections and dying from them; in addition, the longer the duration of exposure the higher the risk of infection. Although not all studies agree, most of the available evidence from laboratory and clinical studies suggests that inhaled cold air, cooling of the body surface and cold stress induced by lowering the core body temperature cause pathophysiological responses such as vasoconstriction in the respiratory tract mucosa and suppression of immune responses, which are responsible for increased susceptibility to infections. The general public and public health authorities should therefore keep this in mind and take appropriate measures to prevent increases in morbidity and mortality during winter due to respiratory infections.

    Of course the elderly and the young will be more easily effected by the cold than the person who's in their prime but no one is immune. Try to keep at least luke warm at all times.

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  • 7 years ago

    Yeah, I got the measles.

    But really, you're might just die.

    Source(s): Experience.
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