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Avoiding Frostbite And Hypothermia

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Snowy driveways and sidewalks frozen in place with single digit temperatures.

Keep in mind frostbite is real and can happen faster than you think, even while you're outside trying to clear the way.

Prolonged exposure to low temperatures, wind or moisture, whether on a ski slope or in a stranded car, can result in cold injury such as frostbite and hypothermia.

Dealing with this kind of weather in the single digits calls for special measures.

Doctors say what it comes down to is just common sense.

And that means stay covered up.

"The most important thing is obviously the clothing that you choose. Wool fabrics and synthetic fabrics are better than cotton," says Dr. Anthony Kitchen, director of emergency medicine at Camden Clark Medical Center. "Cotton many times will allow the loss of heat and the whole idea is to trap heat that your body produces, trap it next to your skin... so loose fitting clothing is preferable."

And the big one is dress in layers.

Kitchen says you always hear to cover your head, but it doesn't lose heat any faster.

But since it's exposed, cover it along with the rest of your body.

Avoiding alcohol is always a good idea too.

According to Kitchen, if you go out and had something to drink, you lose the ability to perceive cold.

It will give you a false sense of warmth and you actually lose heat faster.

Click on the link to the right for hypothermia and frostbite signs, as well as treatments.


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