Chilling Facts

Your body is more sensitive to cold than heat

By HealthDay News HealthDay Reporter

Updated on June 15, 2022

(HealthDayNews) -- Did you know that the human body is more sensitive to cold than to warmth?

That's because cold can more quickly damage vital organs, says Diane Ackerman in her book, A Natural History of the Senses.

Most of the body's cold receptors are closer to the skin's surface and are in the face, especially on the tip of the nose, the eyelids, lips and forehead, Ackerman says. The body has fewer receptors for warmth and, except for the tip of the tongue, those nerve endings lie deeper under the skin than their cold counterparts.

In fact, your skin must be warmed by three or four degrees before you truly feel warm, but a drop of only one or two degrees will make you feel cold.

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