(HealthDay News) -- Frostbite occurs during frigid weather when the skin cells and underlying tissues freeze. It most commonly affects the fingers, toes, ears, nose, chin and cheeks.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how to prevent frostbite:
- If your extremities and other vulnerable areas start to feel numb, get to a warm place without delay.
- Wear lightweight, loosely fitting layers of clothing that offer ventilation and insulation.
- Wear a water-repellent coat.
- Wear a warm hat, mittens or gloves, as well as two pairs of socks.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol before going out into the cold.
- If clothing becomes wet, go indoors immediately and promptly remove wet clothing.
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