Health concerns in the bitter cold

NEW HAVEN, Conn.(WTNH) — Health concerns are a major factor when exposed to the bitter cold.  Doctor Dr. Steven Wolf with Emergency Medicine at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center said in extreme cold temperatures people don’t have to be out very long before it can effect their health.

“people need to watch out for exposing their nose and ears and hands and feet as well. You ned to be careful if you start to get pains in your ears and nose you need to get out of the cold,” Dr. Steven Wolf. When exposed to the bitter cold Dr. Steven Wolf told us it doesn’t take long for frostbite to set in. “initially you’ll get some pain, you’ll get some numbness and that continues on until there is some damage you often may not know that you are actually with prolonged damage, you may not realize that you are having frostbite,” said Wolf.

Wolf said hypothermia happens when the body gets cold and loses heat faster than the body can make it. “you’re getting cold you are getting shivering and then as your body is becoming overwhelmed you actually stop shivering and then your mental status starts to decrease and so you are not thinking clearly,” said Wolf.

Experts say remove layers as needed to avoid sweating. “the thing that you want to make sure of is that you are not bundled that you are starting to perspire you might want to take layers off and put them on as needed as you get colder. If you are sitting there all bundled and you are getting hot then you are going to lose a lot more heat,” said Wolf.

 

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