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January - Health Matters

 

AVOID SPOT TREAT

FROSTBITE & HYPOTHERMIA

In cold temperatures, your body loses heat faster than it can be produced, which can lead to Serious Health Problems.

❉✴❉ AVOID ❉✴❉

In extremely cold weather, try to stay indoors. When going outside, dress properly to protect from hypothermia or frostbite. Which body parts are most often affected by frostbite?  Nose, ears, toes, cheeks, chin and fingers. Keep these parts warm and dry.

Who is at Risk?

V   Older adults without proper food, clothing, or heat

V   People who stay outdoors for long periods of time (homeless, hikers,

            hunters)

V   People who drink alcohol in excess or use illicit drugs

V   Babies sleeping in cold rooms

 

❉✴❉ SPOT ❉✴❉

Frostbite

Hypothermia

Signs & Symptoms

T Redness or pain in any skin

       area may be the first sign of

       frostbite.

 

Other signs include:

T A white or grayish-yellow skin

       area

T Skin that feels unusually firm or

       waxy

T Numbness

Signs & Symptoms

Adults:

T Shivering T Exhaustion
T Confusion T Fumbling Hands
T Memory Loss T Slurred Speech
T Drowsiness  

Infants:

T Bright red, cold skin

T Very low energy

 

❉✴❉ TREAT ❉✴❉

If a person is experiencing hypothermia or frostbite

1.   Seek medical attention as soon as possible

2.   Get them into a warm room or shelter

3.   Remove any wet clothing

4.   Warm them under dry layers of blankets and clothing

5.   Place areas affected by frostbite in warm-to-touch water

FROSTBITE CAUTION:

DO NOT -  Walk on Feet or Toes with Frostbite UNLESS necessary

DO NOT -  USE a Fireplace, Heat Lamp, Radiator, Stove, Heating Pad or

                     Electric Blanket for warming

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