For a condition to be considered an illness why do people think bacteria/viruses, etc have to be involved?
My dictionary defines an illness has a condition of being in poor health so according to this definition bacteria/viruses, etc don’t have to be involved since people with hypothermia for example are still in poor health.
- SummertimeLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Because that's where they start.
- 4 weeks ago
There are certain drugs, bacteria, fungus, protozoa and viruses that can cause hypothermia. Drugs especially some Anti-psychotics have been known to affect the bodies ability to thermal regulate as everything within the body must be held at a near constant temperature to sustain life. At one point the drug Chlorpromazine was used to alter thermal regulation during surgery.
Bacterial infections are the most common cause of sepsis. Sepsis leads to mass inflammation which cause drops in body temperature. Hence Hypothermia.
Hypothermia caused by exposure to extreme temperatures is not caused by bacteria or viruses. It's an automatic response. An emergency procedure to reroute heat to the core by sacrificing the extremities. If the temperature stabilized then theoretically the patient would make a full recovery.
- SnowFlakeLv 74 weeks ago
Hypothermia is not an illness
- Pearl LLv 74 weeks ago
cause thats what causes an illness
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- EvaLv 74 weeks ago
Hypothermia is a condition, not an illness. It isn't made better by medication and is strictly situational and of short duration.