As the temperatures plummet, the risks increase for frostbite and hypothermia.
It is important to keep an eye out for any symptoms. With the wind chills we face today and tomorrow, both frostbite and hypothermia can begin to set in after on five minutes of exposure.
Someone who is suffering from frostbite may have a slightly painful, prickly or itchy sensation in the affected area. The skin may appear red, white, pale or gray-ish yellow and could look hard or waxy. A person with frostbite may be clumsy due to joint and muscle stiffness. The most commonly affect areas are the fingers, toes, ears, nose, cheeks and chin. If you think you have frostbite, it is important to slowly warm the area up; do not take a hot shower or place yourself in front of a heater. You should seek medical attention if an area loses all sensations, forms blisters or if you have a fever that is 100 degrees or higher accompanying any of the symptoms.
Signs of hypothermia include slurred speech or mumbling, clumsiness or lack of coordination, confusion or difficulty thinking, a weak pulse and shallow, slow breathing. A person with hypothermia usually isn't aware of his or her condition because the symptoms happen gradually and the confusion often linked to hypothermia prevents self awareness. It is important to seek medical attention immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
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