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Stay safe in bitter cold weather


By Andy Goodner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With this week’s cold winter blast, Winneshiek Medical Center wants to remind those heading outdoors that frostbite can occur within a short amount of time.

If your fingers, nose or toes start to hurt or have a prickling feeling, it’s a warning to get out of the cold. If they begin to numb, you are starting to get frostbite. Other signs and symptoms include:

•Red, white, bluish-white or grayish-yellow skin

•Hard or waxy-looking skin

•Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness

•Blistering after rewarming, in severe cases

If you suspect frostbite, Andy Goodner, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System family medicine physician at Winneshiek Medical Center, advises, “Warm up the affected area as quickly as possible with gentle rubbing. As the blood flow resumes, the frostbitten area will begin to hurt, sometimes quite a bit. This is a good sign, meaning the tissues are still alive,” says Dr. Goodner.

Dr. Goodner suggests soaking the affected area in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes, but cautions against rewarming frostbitten skin with hot water, or direct heat such as a stove, heat lamp, fireplace or heating pad. This can cause burns. If, however, your skin turns black, it is time to seek medical attention. Dr. Goodner says, “You may have leftover numbness for several months after minor frostbite, but this does not require medical attention. If tissues turn black, see a doctor so that the threatened tissues can be preserved.”

Prevention is the key

If you need to head outside, limit the time you’re outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. To prevent frostbite, be sure to:

•Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing

•Change out of wet clothing - particularly gloves, hats and socks - as soon as possible.

•Wear a hat or headband that fully covers your ears

•Wear mittens rather than gloves

•Keep moving

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Posted in All Health & Wellness

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Posted in All Health & Wellness

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Posted in All Health & Wellness

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Posted in All Health & Wellness

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