Frigid temperatures raise the chances of frostbite

As temperatures continue to fall so does the amount of time it takes to get frostbite.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 4:34 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2020 10:09 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Health officials are reminding people the dangers of frostbite.

In temperatures like today you can get frostbite in as little as 30 mintues.  Doctors say you can also get frostbite with gloves and a hat on if you're not properly layered.

They say notice for skin that feels numb, unusually firm or waxy and discoloration. Physician Assistant for Franciscan Health Calin Ostler said it's important to know the signs of frostbite and catching it before it gets serious.

"If someone recognizes hey it looks like you are getting really red they might want you to come inside and they might educate you or tell you hey you should probably get inside out of the cold," said Ostler. 

Ostler said the most common areas prone to getting frostbite are nose, ears, fingers and toes.

Click here for more information on frostbite, how you can prevent it and what to do if you or someone else gets frostbite. 

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