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Changes in Body Temperature as Death Approaches


Changes in Body Temperature as Death Approaches

As death nears, the part of the brain responsible for regulating body temperature fails. You may run a high temperature one moment or feel very cold. Your arms and legs may be very cold to the touch and even appear pale and blotchy. This change in skin color is called mottling and is very common in the hours or days before death.

Your caregivers can help control your fever by applying wet, lukewarm cloths to the skin (sponge bath) or by giving nonprescription medicines like:

Many of these medications are available as a rectal suppository if you are unable to swallow.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerShelly R. Garone, MD - Palliative Medicine
Last RevisedJuly 12, 2010

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