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Signs of frostbite and hypothermia; Keeping yourself safe in extreme cold

As the Southern Tier and parts of the Northeast face extreme cold weather, it’s important to take precautions if you plan to head outside.
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 4:33 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- As the Southern Tier and parts of the Northeast face extreme cold weather, it’s important to take precautions if you plan to head outside.

Robert Packer Hospital Emergency Medicine Chief Dr. Jon Rittenberger said frostbite and hypothermia can begin within minutes of being outside, and covering all exposed skin and layering is key.

He said for many, signs of frostbite can include skin discoloration, pain and feeling cold.

However, when it comes to hypothermia, that feeling of cold goes away.

“Classically, that is the patient that no longer shivers,” said Rittenberger. “So, as hypothermia sets in, people will oftentimes become really tired, sometimes they can be delirious, and then their body just goes into a state of hibernation and eventually you can freeze to death and die from this.”

Rittenberger said if you do experience the signs of frostbite, you should go inside and warm your body up slowly to avoid burns.

Someone experiencing hypothermia should receive medical attention immediately.

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