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02 Jun 2011, 6:08 pm

Not much. I'm more sensitive to cold. For this i prefer summer to winter.
About hot surfaces, once i burnt my arm with a bulb, and i almost didn't felt pain. i just felt something strange and when i have seen what was happening i removed my arm from the bulb. But at the same time i fear fire


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02 Jun 2011, 6:23 pm

I dont like hot weather or heated rooms.



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02 Jun 2011, 8:22 pm

I can't eat hot soup.. I like everything lukewarm or cold.
however, I don't mind burns. like I got burned badly with a cigarette ...didn't even flinch..


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27 Jun 2011, 10:28 am

Right - being sensitive to hot weather is NOT exclusively an Aspie thing. It is normal, because right now it is 31 degrees, and everyone, repeat, everyone I know is complaining about the heat. The only person who isn't complaining about the heat is me. Although I feel just as hot and warn out as they do, I love it. Anything beats all that freezing cold weather we had in winter.

I saw my NT friend today, and she's shut all her curtains to keep the sun from shining through her windows and making it feel hot. Then I spoke to another NT friend of mine, and she's got a lot of bottles of drinks kept in her bag because she said her mouth goes dry and she gets de-hydrated easily. Then my NT brother slammed out of the house before going to work because he hates working in the heat (he has to work outside).

There you have it - being sensitive to hot weather is not unique.


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27 Jun 2011, 10:53 am

Don't like being warm, too. I feel overwhelmed, and since I start sweating very quickly, that only adds to that feeling. Has become alot better after losing weight, doing sports and just being out in the sun more, but still, I'd rather be too cold than too warm.



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27 Jun 2011, 11:58 am

I'm quite sensitive to temperature especially heat. Food lots like hot; I find burns my mouth & when it cools off some & they say it's not as good because the food isn't as hot; I find it perfect temperature. Being hot makes me feel tired & causes me to sweat very easily. I live in south Louisiana & it's usually very hot & humid here & I have lots of arguments & even meltdowns with my parents because they won't let me put the AC bellow 77. I'm constantly hot all summer here


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27 Jun 2011, 12:37 pm

oh absolutely. i dislike heat, the cold is where i like to be :pig:


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27 Jun 2011, 12:42 pm

Its 26 degrees and hot and sticky in the UK right now
I can't stand it! D: It really puts me on edge!



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27 Jun 2011, 7:58 pm

iheartmegahitt; I'm 'afraid' of the stove/oven too! :roll: It took me awhile to notice my nervousness around sources of heat (such as an oven, a space heater, hot springs, etc.) but, among other things, I made the connection after my diagnosis. In regards to the weather, I'm the opposite. I very much prefer the heat (though the occasional 118 degrees in Arizona was a bit much for me) and do poorly mentally and physically in the cold (really learned to detest wintertimes in Iowa). My preference/need regarding food is pretty much both ways. I can't much stand 'piping hot' food/drink (and wait for it to cool) and don't much like very cold food/drink. I think I have a bit more tolerance for the very cold but still find I do things such as drink beverages at 'room temperature', will hardly ever use ice, and sometimes use a microwave to 'take the edge off' for quicker consumption.


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27 Jun 2011, 8:07 pm

Food/drink are either too hot or too cold. It's winter here now so I wake up cold, put on some layers and eventually I'll become too hot. Take them off and then night sets in and I'm freezing. Turn on the gas heater and after just one hot tea I'm sweating.
I felt like I had a fever last night just from doing that.
I think I've got some seriously bad temperature dis-regulation because my body temperature can suddenly drop even in the blistering heat.

And now I'm getting cold again, in my many layers of clothes. :roll:

But back to hypersensitivity. When it comes to actually ingesting food the heat of some things feel like they not only burn but create a rash on my lips, like curries or even sweet chili. Sometimes it's the flavour that is hot enough even if it isn't for other people.


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27 Jun 2011, 8:40 pm

I would never go around the oven until I turned 12. It scared the living crap out of me.


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27 Jun 2011, 10:10 pm

Joe90 wrote:
Right - being sensitive to hot weather is NOT exclusively an Aspie thing. It is normal, because right now it is 31 degrees, and everyone, repeat, everyone I know is complaining about the heat. The only person who isn't complaining about the heat is me. Although I feel just as hot and warn out as they do, I love it. Anything beats all that freezing cold weather we had in winter.

I saw my NT friend today, and she's shut all her curtains to keep the sun from shining through her windows and making it feel hot. Then I spoke to another NT friend of mine, and she's got a lot of bottles of drinks kept in her bag because she said her mouth goes dry and she gets de-hydrated easily. Then my NT brother slammed out of the house before going to work because he hates working in the heat (he has to work outside).

There you have it - being sensitive to hot weather is not unique.


Hyper- or hyposensitivity to heat or cold are common traits for autistic people. This does not mean that no one else on earth has these traits. After all, hypersensitivity to heat and/or cold is also common for people with fibromyalgia.

31 degrees is pretty hot. I react to 23 degrees the way most people react to 31 degrees. Sometimes it's worse for me. That's sort of what hypersensitivity means - you're more sensitive than most people, not that you're sensitive at all. Conversely, I don't even feel uncomfortable at 0 while wearing nothing but jeans and a shirt, while the people I'm with who are dressed for winter are sometimes shivering. I just don't really suffer much from the cold.

Not all heat sensitivity is the same. Most NTs do not have the same degree of heat sensitivity that autistic people (not just Aspies) who are sensitive to heat have. Most people expect to be hot at certain temperatures. For those of us sensitive to heat, we feel that heat at much lower temperatures.



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27 Jun 2011, 10:16 pm

I always get migrane headaches and vomit if I get too hot. I can take cold, it's heat I can't take. My mom was like the mom from "A Christmas Story" and always insisted I overdress to go out and play in the snow. Sometimes I could barely move my arms or bend over. I would actualy start sweating...even in below zero degree weather. I read in a book about childhood bipolar disorder that it is very common for kids with bipolar to be over sensetive to heat. A LOT of traits in that book fit me to a T. I could never get too cold. I was always getting in trouble for putting the air conditioner on full blast or opening the freezer and letting the cold air in my face. I remember my hands were ALWAYS hot and sweating and my mom used to yell at me for it. She claims I dreamed that but I remember that. I had a phobia of clowns and she said I looked like a clown when I did that. As I said, my mom claims that never happened or I dreamed it but my mom often did forget things and I had a LOT of vivid dreams at that age so perhaps she did. My parents must have had the heat in the house on too high or something because I remember being too hot in the middle of the night in the dead of winter. I would run outside in the snow to cool off. I had a miserable childhood, mostly due to bullies and stupid people who didn't understand my special intrests and probably didn't even want too, but being so hot all the time played a role in my miserable childhood.


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27 Jun 2011, 10:19 pm

iheartmegahitt wrote:
I notice how often times I get really panicky around hot surfaces. This is one reason why I have a huge fear of stoves. I even get panicky when my food is hot and won't eat it until its warm or cooled off. With hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate, I have to put cold milk in them to cool off. For hot surfaces that I touch, its almost like my skin is burning more than it should. I will immediately have to draw my hand away and do everything to cool off the hot object because the burning feeling makes me feel hypersensitive. Yet, I never have this problem when something is really cold.

I even have trouble getting into hot tubs because I feel like the hot boiling water is burning my skin so much that its like its going to burn right off... or something. But people always tell me, "Oh its not that hot." but yet to me it is and its always a problem for me.

I notice how this falls under my sensitivity to touch and taste too... because my tongue burns easy with food that is hot and even feels numb afterwards.

Is there anyone else like this with AS or is it just me?


I have the same exact problem. It's embarrassing when somebody walks past me and says. "oh my god, take the oatmeal off the stove already. It's only steam - not like it's gonna kill you. You're such a baby".

However, I really enjoy 95-degree days during the summer. Those high temps give me a boost of energy, while everyone around me becomes tired.



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28 Jun 2011, 12:10 am

It's been a problem for me since childhood. "Uncomfortable" doesn't describe how heat makes me feel. When the temperature goes above 70, I start feeling sick. Nausea and stomach problems in the high 70s and low 80s, and a feeling that my skin is burning, like I just got a fresh rugburn.



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28 Jun 2011, 1:37 am

Heat trigger and allergic reaction in me - hives, and itching as of a few years ago. Heat and moisture cause the most extreme symptoms. I apparently have allergic asthma, and through treatment, should not have any effective allergies in a year or so.

As for hot food and beverage, I do seem to have a lower tolerance than most people, unless I am camping on a cold day, In which case the borns keep the cold out. I have, Ironically built up a significant tolerance to spicy food - there are locally made habanero pickles I get sometimes. When I first tried one, i could barely get the whole spear down without rinsing my mouth. Two weeks ago I was able to eat five in a row without any serious discomfort.


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