3 Tips To Prevent FrostbiteJan 28, 2020
The first few months of the year are tough in Minnesota. Temperatures get down to negative degrees for stretches of time and many snowbirds head to Florida until spring.
If you’re sticking around the entire winter, chances are good you know how to protect yourself against the elements. But if you’re new to the area or simply traveling here, then it’s important to keep yourself safe from frostbite.
Frostbite is basically when your skin and underlying tissues become damaged from the cold weather. It’s a condition that comes in various stages, from frostnip (nothing serious) all the way to severe frostbite (tissues dies, permanent damage).
Since everyone’s skin is different, you may be more or less sensitive to frostbite. That being said, you could be vulnerable within 15-30 minutes of being outside depending on the temperature and wind.
There are plenty of ways to prevent and treat frostbite. Here are a few quick tips for how to protect your skin from freezing temperatures:
1) Wear Proper Clothing
Dress in layers that include heavy coats and even snow pants depending on your plans for the day. Your most vulnerable areas are your head, hands, and feet. Insulated mittens and footwear are crucial, along with a hat and something to cover your face.
2) Drink Plenty of Water
It might sound odd, but staying hydrated is just as important during freezing temperatures as it is in extremely hot ones. Alcohol can lead to dehydration and make your chances of getting frostbite stronger. It’s also problematic because it can trick you into thinking you’re warm, which can lead to you staying outside longer than your skin can handle.
3) Stay Vigilant
If you’re out in the cold and notice your skin hurts (or is numb) and red, get inside as soon as possible. You could be in the early stages of frostbite and can avoid permanent damage by getting to shelter. Once you’re inside, use warm (not hot) water on the damaged part of your skin. If your skin starts turning gray, go to the ER immediately.
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