Health signs to look for in cold weather

With minus temps set to continue through the weekend, here are some tips to help you through the bitter weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), protect yourself against hypothermia and frostbite during cold weather. Wear warm clothing that covers your skin and remove any wet clothing immediately. Limit your time outdoors, especially young children. Watch for signs of hypothermia and frostbite among elderly adults, babies, people drinking alcohol, and others at risk. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect someone has hypothermia or frostbite. The risk of frostbite is increased in people with reduced blood circulation and among people who are not dressed properly for extremely cold temperatures. For more information, visit the CDC http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/staysafe/frostbite.asp According to Dr. Billy Oley of Beartooth Billings Clinic, “At a temperature of -20 degrees F, exposed skin can get frostbitten in 20-30 minutes. Add any wind and the time decreases. The most important preventative measure is to keep your skin covered and watch for signs of hypothermia such as confusion and slurred speech. If you start shivering, get inside.”