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Frostbite and Hypothermia: What You Need to Know

If you have to be out in the cold, always wear the proper clothing and pay attention to warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

In very cold weather, adults and children should wear:

  • hat
  • scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth
  • sleeves that are snug at the wrist
  • gloves or mittens — mittens are warmer than gloves
  • water-resistant coat and shoes
  • dress in layers of loose-fitting clothes

Remember, continuous shivering is a signal that you should seek warm shelter. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol causes your body to lose heat more quickly. Warm beverages help maintain your body temperature.

During the cold winter months, please remember to check on elderly friends and neighbors to be sure their homes are properly heated!

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Related Links:
5 Foods That Warm You Up
Ways to Stay Warm

Writer Ann Pietrangelo is a regular contributor to Care2 Healthy & Green Living and Care2 Causes, and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and The Authorís Guild. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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12:00PM PST on Feb 10, 2011

Thank you

4:27PM PST on Feb 3, 2011

Thanks for these tips. It seems most of the country is in a deep freeze!

2:26AM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:37AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Thank you for posting.

4:30AM PST on Jan 26, 2011

Interesting article. I would like to know what the permanent effects of frostbite are. I think my mom may have received frostbite to feet and years later, suffering from pain.

11:07PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Thank you.

9:52PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:21PM PST on Jan 25, 2011


8:39PM PST on Jan 25, 2011

thanx and noted

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