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Avoiding Frostbite on Cold Days

Posted: Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 6:25 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel

Many of us forget that getting frostbite in the winter is very easy. Public Health Program Director Chrystal Woller at Washington County Public Health says the signs for frostbite may include redness or pain, skin that is white or grayish-yellow in color, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy and numbness.  She says once you get inside, you should immerse the affected areas in water that is comfortable to the touch and not hot water because your skin won’t be able to recognize the difference in temperature.  Woller advises if you feel you have frostbite, you should see your doctor right away.  To learn more about frostbite, call your doctor or contact Washington County Public Health.