You may love winter weather, but the temperatures over the next couple of days are going to be dangerously cold. The biggest concerns for anyone that will be outside in cold weather are hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature falls below a normal level due to exposure to cold temperatures.
Alton Memorial Hospital spokesman David Whaley tells The Big Z two of the biggest tips are to avoid excess alcohol, and to layer clothing.
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Frostbite can occur when the skin and outer tissue areas become frozen. It can happen first to the fingers, toes, nose and ears. The skin becomes pale or gray and blistered. The frostbitten areas need to be warmed slowly in warm water. If the numbness or tingling sensation lasts more than five minutes, you should see your primary care physician.