In light of the extremely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill factors that have hit the greater Dayton area, Kettering Health ER doctors urge you to be careful when playing and working outside to avoid life-threatening health conditions, including hypothermia and frostbite.
Wear layered clothing, a coat, gloves or mittens, and a hat to keep warm. Wear insulated, rubber-soled boots and socks to keep your feet warm and dry and to help you keep your balance when walking on snow or ice.
Be alert for signs of hypothermia
Signs include severe shivering, exhaustion, confusion, and dizziness. Get medical help right away.
Be alert for signs of frostbite
Frostbite generally damages tissues in the extremities. Signs include pain, numbness, white, red, and/or yellow patches on the skin, and waxy skin. If left untreated, affected areas may have to be amputated.
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