Snow, Snow, Snow is coming on down and with that means kids that are excited to play in all that snow! Let me remind you of Frostbite!
What is Frostbite? It is a medical condition where damage is caused to the skin and other tissues in the body due to extreme cold. The initial stages of frostbite are often called "Frostnip".
Hands, Feet, Nose, Leg, and Ears are the most likely parts of your body to be affected by frostbite.
Other Factors that will contribute to frostbite will be the extreme coldness outside like it is today, any inadequate clothing, wet clothing will be a biggie, wind chills, and if you are known to have poor circulation or if your circulation becomes poor after prolonged exposure.
First degree frostbite causes skin to appear yellow or white. There may also be slight burning sensations. This stage of frostbite is relatively mild and can be reversed by the gradual warming of the affected area.
Second degree frostbite develops after continued exposure. This stage is characterized by the disappearance of pain and the reddening and swelling of the skin. Treatment in this stage may result in blisters and it may also peel the skin.
Third degree frostbite results in waxy and hard skin. It is at this stage that the skin dies. Edema may also occur at this stage as a result of the lack of blood. What is edema? It is an abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin or in one or more cavities of the body. This process may occur as a result of the lack of blood.
I certainly don't want you or anyone you know to get frostbite this weekend! It is a ton of snow and we have not had this much since 2004!
Remember these tips and Stay warm! Stay bundled up!
Thanks for listening!
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