Cold intolerance is an abnormal sensitivity to a cold environment or cold temperatures.
Sensitivity to the cold; Intolerance to cold
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.
Anemia Anorexia nervosa
- Blood vessel (vascular) problems, such as
- Chronic severe illness
- General poor health
- Problem with the
Follow the recommended therapy for treating the cause of the problem.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if you have long-term or extreme intolerance to cold.
What to expect at your health care provider’s office
Your health care provider will take a medical history and perform a
Medical history questions may include:
- Time pattern
- Have you always been intolerant of cold?
- Has this developed recently?
- Has it been getting worse?
- Do you often feel cold when other people do not complain of the cold?
- Medical history
- What is your diet like?
- How is your general health?
- What are your height and weight?
- What other symptoms do you have?
Tests that may be performed include:
- Complete blood count (
CBC) Serum TSH
- Thyroid hormone levels
If your health care provider diagnosed cold intolerance, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.