Cold weather is in full effect. Jack Frost is nipping away and “frostbite” comes to mind. When I think of frostbite, I think of my nose and junior high. The nose is plain to understand, it’s always cold. The junior high comes to mind because of this…
I had been sledding at a friend’s house and my nose and hand skin were tingly and pale, so I decided to go inside because they were getting frostbitten. When I said this to my friends’ father he corrected me, saying I did not have frostbite. Mind, I knew my condition was not the advanced amputation inducing variety, I grew up in the mountains and snowy weather, so I’m not some rookie crying wolf. I wanted to dissent, but he was kind of a jerk anyway, and I let it pass. Turns out we were both right.
- Wear multiple thin layers of clothing, these keep heat better than one bulky layer. Make sure the outer layer is water proof.
- Wear scarves, gloves, hats, and insulated boots.
- Drink plenty of water and eat regularly.
- Change out of wet clothes immediately.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes as this slows your blood circulation.
- Shivering and numbing are signs your body is losing too much heat.
- Cover the affected area.
- Do NOT rub the skin, it could cause further damage.
- Gently warm the area by immersing it in WARM (not hot) water. Soak until warm and red.
- Dress the area with a dry and sterile bandage.
- Ensure the affected area doesn’t freeze again. (BAD)
- Get to a doctor as soon as possible.