HOW TO PREVENT FROSTBITE
Post by on Thursday, December 2, 2021
When the temperature dips below freezing, it is critical to protect your skin from cold-weather health risks. Frostbite occurs when the skin and sometimes the tissue beneath the skin freezes due to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.
Depending on how long and how frozen the tissue, frostbite can result in severe, sometimes permanent damage. To stay warm and to prevent frostbite here are some tips:
1.Dress in loose,light,comfortable layers:Wearing loose,light layers helps trap warm air.The first layer should be made of a synthetic material,which wicks moisture away from your body.The next layer should be insulating.Wool and fleece are good insulators and hold in more body heat than cotton.The top layer should be windproof and waterproof.
2.Protect your feet and toes:To protect your feet and toes,wear two pairs of socks.The first pair,next to your skin, should be made of moisture-wicking fabric.Place a pair of wool or wool-blend socks on top of those.Your boots should also provide adequate insulation.They should be waterproof and cover your ankles.
3.Protect your head:To protect your ears and head,wear a heavy wool or fleece hat and scarf.This warms the air you breathe and helps prevent frostbite on your nose and face.
4.Protect your hands:Wear insulated mittens or gloves to help protect your hands from the cold.
5.Keep yourself hydrated:Becoming dehydrated also increases the risk of developing frostbite.Even if you are not thirsty,drink at least one glass of water before you head outside.
6.Signs of frostbite:The first signs of frostbite include redness and a stinging,burning,throbbing or prickling sensation followed by numbness.