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Avoiding Frostbite Injuries

Steve Wagner

Did you know that frostbite takes fewer than 20 minutes to set in when the weather is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit? So if you plan to be out in the cold for any extended period of time this holiday season, it is important to know how to protect yourself against the cold!

Your extremities are at the highest risk for frostbite: hands, feet, and ears are the most susceptible because they are the furthest away from your core and it takes the longest amount of time for warmth to circulate to these areas.

When heading outside, whether for play or work, take the following precautions to ward off frostbite injuries:

  • Dress warmly and in plenty of layers. Make sure you have protection for every area of your body and that you are wearing at least one layer that is water repellent so your skin isn’t getting wet.
  • Stay moving. The more you are moving, the better your circulation will be and the less likely those extremities will suffer any damage.
  • Change clothes immediately if you get wet. Even with water repellent clothing, wetness can eventually seep in and cause damage against your skin.

The damage of frostbite is irreparable, and can cause extreme damage (in some cases, resulting in amputation). Frostbite should always be taken seriously, and if you ever feel any numbness or cold directly against your skin, take immediate precautions to protect yourself and get warm!

If you need our help any time this holiday season, feel free to call us and schedule your free consultation! You can reach us at (888) 204-8440.


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