As temperatures plunge into dangerous territory, hitting unexpected extremes even for February, we at AFC Malden want to remind you that cold weather comes with its own set of dangers. Two of the most common winter dangers that can happen in these dangerous temperatures are frostbite and hypothermia.
Hypothermia occurs when the body cannot keep itself warm and its internal temperature falls below 95 degrees. Symptoms of hypothermia can include uncontrolled shivering, poor muscle control, confusion and exhaustion.
Frostbite is most susceptible to your ears, nose, toes and hands. Symptoms of frostbite can include grayish-yellow or white skin, a hard, waxy feel to the area, and the area is cold to the touch. Severe frostbite can cause you to lose feeling in all of your extremities and require possible removal if it is beyond repairable.
Here are a few tips on how to prevent frostbite and hypothermia:
- Stay inside
- Bundle up if you go outside
- Be aware. Temps are constantly fluctuating, making it possible for the temperature to drop at any minute.
AFC Malden is open 7 days a week, including weekends, and conveniently located at 219 Centre Street. We require no appointments or referrals, so if you are suffering from frostbite/hypothermia-like symptoms – come by our clinic immediately!