Frostbite: Symptoms, First Aid, and Prevention - #htt by West Park Hospital

*(Cody, Wyo.)* - Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Frostbite can also permanently damage body tissues, and in severe cases can lead to amputation. *Symptoms of frostbite include:* - Reduced blood flow to hands and feet (fingers or toes can freeze) - Numbness - Tingling or stinging - Aching - Bluish or pale, waxy skin *First Aid - Workers suffering from frostbite should:* - Get into a warm room as soon as possible. - Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes-this increases the damage. - Immerse the affected area in warm-not hot-water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body). - Warm the affected area using body heat; for example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers. - Do not rub or massage the frostbitten area; doing so may cause more damage. - Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned. *Prevention:* - Limit time you're outdoors in cold, wet or windy weather. - Dress in several layers of loose, warm clothing. Change out of wet clothing — particularly gloves, hats and socks — as soon as possible. - Wear a hat or headband that fully covers your ears. Heavy woolen or windproof materials make the best headwear for cold protection. - Wear mittens rather than gloves. Mittens provide better protection. - Wear socks and sock liners that fit well, wick moisture and provide insulation. - Watch for signs of frostbite. - Don't drink alcohol if you plan to be outdoors in cold weather. Alcoholic beverages cause your body to lose heat faster. - Eat well-balanced meals and stay hydrated. Doing this even before you go out in the cold will help you stay warm. And if you do become cold, drinking warm, sweet beverages, such as hot chocolate, will help you warm up. - Keep moving. Exercise can get the blood flowing and help you stay warm, but don't do it to the point of exhaustion. Click here for more information on frostbite. Thank you for the tips West Park Hospital ! #news #health #reboot #wph