Many parts of the country have been subjected to sub-zero temperatures this winter.
One very serious risk with the arctic cold and wind chills is frostbite.
Frostbite is damage to the skin and underlying tissue that results when the blood vessels contract restricting blood flow to certain areas-- often the ears, nose and fingers -- due to extreme cold conditions.
In this segment, Dr. Juan Fitz joins Dr. Leigh to help you and your family protect against frostbite and to be prepared should you be subjected.
Exposed skin can be at risk of frostbite within 5-10 minutes when conditions are zero degrees or below. Severe frostbite can lead to amputation, so it is important to know how to prevent or reduce your risk.
Never rub snow on your skin; that is a myth and can actually increase the symptoms. Your best bet is to slowly warm the area. Do not rub the area and keep it immobilized. In severe cases it is always best to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
You can help prevent the risk of frostbite by covering any normally exposed areas of your body, such as ears, fingers, and nose. Also, wear warm socks and proper shoes when you are going to be subjected to ice and snow for long periods of time.