Preventing Frostbite And Hypothermia

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The incoming arctic air can be dangerously cold, with frostbite and hypothermia both being possible if you are outside too long.

Doctors say prevention is the best medicine for the extreme cold.

Cover up as much exposed skin as possible and wear as many layers as you need to stay warm.

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If you start to get cold or lose any feeling, go back inside where it’s warm.

Frostbite occurs when things like your fingers, toes, or nose become so cold they freeze.

If the frostbite is minor, doctors say to run the area under warm water to help raise its temperature.

When a person’s core body temperature drops after an extended period of time in the cold, it is known as hypothermia.

Doctors recommend taking a warm shower if signs of early hypothermia are suspected.

Having a hot drink can also help warm you up on the inside.

Dr. Rice Leach with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department said, "Ever been to a swimming pool in the summer when it’s a little cloudy and windy? If a kid gets out of the water shaking and their fingernails turn a little purple and their lips turn purple? That’s early hypothermia."