EMSA warns about hypothermia and frostbite

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/06 8:45 pm Published: 1/06 4:51 pm

This kind of extreme cold can be dangerous for your body.

Once temperatures drop below 10 degrees, hypothermia and frostbite become more common.

Emergency Medical Services Authority medics told FOX23 they are shocked they've only had to treat one person for cold exposure so far.

But we're not out of this extreme cold snap yet.

It's a matter of paying attention to your body, says EMSA Operations Manager Jason Whitlow.

"When people start feeling numb, their extremities, face, cheeks, that kind of thing, start feeling numb to the touch, you're already starting to suffer a cold emergency at that point, really," he said.

As the body focuses its energy on keeping your heart and brain warm enough to function, frostbite can set in quickly in your fingers, toes, face and ears.

"It's gonna start to look a little ashen and gray, basically. That's because the skin tissue is starting to freeze," he said.

In extreme cases, you can lose limbs.

That's why Whitlow said anyone going outside should keep all skin covered, even if only going out in the cold for a short time.

If you start showing symptoms, don't rub the affected area, which can make it worse.

They said get inside where it's warm and run warm water over the affected area.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/6/2014 5:50 PM
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It's plenty cold
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