There are plenty of reasons you may be out in the cold this time of year, but whether you are shoveling snow or sledding, you have to be careful not to stay outside too long. Frostbite can set in relatively quickly unless you take the proper precautions.
Dr. Thomas Tallman, an Emergency Department Physician at Cleveland Clinic, says to pay attention to body parts that are most vulnerable to frostbite, including your hands, fingers, toes, feet, nose and ears.
"The skin and cartilage on your nose and ears is thin and very susceptible to frostbite damage,” says Dr. Tallman. “Frostbite develops when the skin tissues freeze and in the early stages, the skin will become very cold, red and give off a tingling feeling.”
Dr. Tallman suggests trying to restore circulation by re-warming the area by using warm water or simply breathing on the area with cupped hands. However, the best defense is to keep your skin covered with layers and keep your clothes dry.
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