paradoxical undressing


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paradoxical undressing

A phenomenon seen in up to 50% of hypothermia-induced deaths that occur on land, in which the deceased’s body is found either partially or complete undressed. The undressing has been attributed to paralysis of the vasomotor centre, which imparts a sensation of increased body temperature and thus a desire to remove clothing.
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There is anecdotal evidence that people in the final stages of hypothermia engage in something called paradoxical undressing because, as they lose rationality and their nerves are damaged, they feel incredibly, irrationally hot.
According to the report, Boehm showed evidence of "(https://io9.gizmodo.com/why-freezing-to-death-makes-you-want-to-get-naked-1688151366) paradoxical undressing ," a phenomenon in which hypothermia victims undress due to a sort of burning sensation, which exacerbates their already precarious situation.
Dr Kolar said the dead man had suffered from hypothermia, which had led to "paradoxical undressing" as he would have had the sensation of feeling intensely warm.
This is surely down to singer Kristin Hersh, a kooky heart-throb for winsome indie boys who has been more well-known recently for Paradoxical Undressing, a solo show featuring versions of her own songs and spoken word extracts from her autobiography.
If they experience "paradoxical undressing" in cold weather (when core body temperature falls to a critical level peripheral vasoconstriction fails; the resulting sudden vasodilation could lead to an exaggerated sensation of heat and a consequent attempt by the victim to undress), hypothermia can occur in 30 minutes.
"It is concluded that paradoxical undressing might be explained by changes in peripheral vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels supplying the extremities) in the deeply hypothermic person," the article said.