With cold temps comes risk for frostbite, hypothermia

With temperatures in the Champaign-Urbana area topping below zero, a spokesman for Carle Arrow Ambulance Services in Champaign said unless you absolutely have to, do not go outside.

Operations Manager John Sollars said in these weather conditions, frostbite can set in within minutes if you aren't properly covered or protected from the cold.  He said signs of frostbite include skin being cold or waxy looking, blisters, redness and a tingling sensation.

Sollars added that hypothermia is also of great concern, so you should be on the lookout for warning signs of that condition.



Sollars also said that hypothermia can be deadly, especially for the elderly or the very young.  He said if you do experience frostbite or hypothermia, get out of the cold immediately and slowly warm up by drinking hot liquids like hot water, tea or hot chocolate.



Sollars also warned that your fingers, toes, ears and nose are the most susceptible to frostbite because they have the least amount of bloodflow going to them.  He said wearing warm layers will help keep out the cold but adds that the best way to prevent harm from the cold is to just stay inside.

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