While often fun and enjoyable, winter weather can present health risks if you are overexposed to the cold temperatures. If you notice any of the symptoms below, seek immediate medical treatment.
Frostbite occurs when soft tissue, usually in the fingers or toes, freezes. While severe cases can result in amputation, most cause no permanent damage if the skin is warmed up carefully.
- Tingling, throbbing, redness and/or swelling of affected area upon re-warming
- Move the numb part of the body to increase blood supply
- Go indoors immediately
- Do not rub the affected area in effort to warm it up, as it may cause tissue damage
- Place the affected area in warm (not hot) water.
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