Identify Frostbite and Hypothermia

Winter often brings bitter cold across the country, and so far, 2018 is off to quite a chilly start. If you enjoy exercising or participate in outdoor activities, staying warm is essential. Here are some signs to help you recognize frostbite and hypothermia:



Frostbite occurs when the body starts freezing and most commonly affects exposed skin, such as fingers, cheeks, and noses. Here are signs to look for:

  • Numbness
  • Loss of feeling
  • Stinging sensations


If you suspect you have frostbite, slowly warm the affected area. Avoid rubbing your skin, which can cause serious damage.



When your body temperature drops to abnormally low levels due to cold exposure, hypothermia may set in. These extreme conditions can cause your body to lose heat faster than it can generate warmth. If you suspect any of the following signs, seek emergency help immediately:


  • Intense shivering
  • Slurring speech
  • Coordination loss
  • Fatigue



Consult your doctor to learn more about potential risks when exercising outside during cold weather.



Tips adapted from Mayo Clinic[i]


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