Frostbite prevention tips

When temperatures are bitter cold frostbite can set-in quickly.          

It’s starts with changes in skin color, then progresses to loss of feeling, blisters, or swelling.

If you need to go outside, remember to dress appropriately. That means wearing hat and gloves, along with covering your face with a scarf.

If you feel like you are getting frostbite,  doctors say to use a technique called “slow warming.”

“If it’s your fingers running them under warm water using body heat to warm them up, you can put your hands under your arm pits, just to warm the tissue back up and help the blood flow getting back to those areas,” said Janna Kroiss, D.O. from Mayo Health System.

The cold weather can also make respiratory conditions like asthma even worse.