With more and more winter weather effecting the area, more cases of frostbite being treated by doctors. Frostbite occurs when skin is exposed to freezing temperatures. The body slows the circulation of blood especially to areas farthest from the core. The hands and feet are most commonly affected.
The key to preventing frostbite is preparing. Since those seen are most commonly your average person trying to shovel their driveway, it's important to prepare.
- Make sure you wear dry socks and proper footwear (get out of those dress shoes and put on your winter boots)
- Change any clothing that gets wet, immediately
- Be sure to take breaks inside before you get cold
- Itchy, tingling skin is one of the most common warning signs of frostbite
Staying prepared and using a little common sense can help to keep you clear of frostbite this freezing winter season.