Hypothermia, frostbite possible in bitter cold

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Wednesday night is one of those nights when frostbite and hypothermia are not out of the question.

If you have to go out, be sure to cover as much of your body as possible, especially your nose, ears, and hands. If you start to feel any pain, get inside, otherwise frostbite could set in.

“Initially you’ll get some pain, you’ll get some numbness and that continues on until there is some damage,” said Dr. Steven Wolf of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “You often may not know that you are actually with prolonged damage, you may not realize that you are having frostbite until you see your hands getting discolored. It is time to get out of the cold.”

Some signs of hypothermia include when you stop shivering. Doctors say that means you aren’t thinking clearly. Also, if you’re too bundled up and starting to sweat, that could actually make you lose more heat.

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