The record low temperatures hitting Canada and northern parts of the United States bring an increased danger of cold-related injuries. Some northern U.S. states are being hit with wind chills at an unbelievable -50F. Cold weather preparation is crucial to preventing frostbite and other cold injuries. Frostbite occurs when there is actual freezing within the skin or deeper tissues, causing varying degrees of damage. Here are some facts about frostbite:
- The parts of the body most prone to frostbite are: areas of the head such as the nose and earlobes (greatest number of cases) followed by the hands and feet.
- A tendency for fingers or toes to easily turn white when exposed to cold can increase the risk of frostbite.
- Smoking, alcohol use, and cardiovascular disease can also increase the risk.
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