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Medical Minute: Understanding, treating and preventing frostbite in dangerously cold weather

Bone-chilling temperatures are headed for our region, which increases the chances of frostbite if we are outside for too long. Young children and infants, as well as older adults and seniors, should be especially careful when heading outdoors.

Frostbite leads to a loss of feeling and color in the areas it affects, most commonly the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes. Being prepared is your best defense.

Brandon Hopkins, nurse practitioner, MedPoint Urgent Care Goshen, discusses the causes of frostbite and explains whether someone suffering symptoms should visit urgent care or head to the emergency room. He also offers important reminders about how to prevent frostbite in our new Medical Minute.

Click here for additional information about frostbite from the Centers for Disease Control.

Information about frostbite is also available on our Mayo Clinic Care Network library. Click here to read more about prevention, diagnosis and treatment from frostbite.

 

About Heidi Prescott

Passionate about writing her whole life, Heidi Prescott joined Beacon Health System in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Media Relations Strategist. A former newspaper journalist who has experience in TV, radio, magazines and social media, Heidi loves storytelling, photography and spending time in nature.