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Alternative NamesSensitivity to heat; Intolerance to heat
Definition Return to top
Heat intolerance is the inability to be comfortable when external temperatures rise.
Considerations Return to top
Heat intolerance often produces a feeling of being overheated and can cause heavy sweating. Heat intolerance usually comes on slowly and lasts over the long-term.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Keep room temperature at a comfortable level. Drink plenty of fluids.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if you have persistent and unexplained heat intolerance.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
Your health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
Medical history questions may include:
After seeing your health care provider:
You may want to add a diagnosis related to heat intolerance to your personal medical record.
References Return to top
Ladenson P, Kim M. Thyroid. In: Goldman L and Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders; 2007:chap 244.Update Date: 6/17/2008 Updated by: Elizabeth H. Holt, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Yale University. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.