Jay Dog asked in HealthOther - Health · 8 months ago

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.

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  • 8 months ago
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    Because that's where they start.

  • 8 months 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. 

  • Tulip
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Hypothermia is not an illness

  • 8 months ago

    cause thats what causes an illness

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  • Eva
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Hypothermia is a condition, not an illness. It isn't made better by medication and is strictly situational and of short duration.

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