Doctors warn to protect against frostbite, hypothermia in subzero temperatures

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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With subzero temperatures on the way for all of KAKEland, we have a warning from doctors on how to stay safe and warm.

We spoke with an emergency room doctor and he says in weather like this they will see a lot of hypothermia and frostbite cases in the ER. He says those patients are usually people who weren't prepared for the weather or properly dressed.

"If it's really cold you can develop frostbite within 15, 20 minutes if you're outside,” Dr. Mag Botros said.

Dr. Mag Botros says to stay warm and safe in subzero weather, bundle up and cover your nose, ears, fingers and toes. Secondly, pay attention to frostbite warning signs.

"The first thing you'll notice is numbness and tingling and then pain. As soon as you feel pain you know it's time to get inside or time to warm things up,” Dr. Botros said.

Once the pain goes away, that's when Dr. Botros says frostbite sets in and can do serious damage.

He says also, talk to kids who will be waiting as bus stops, walking to school, or outside at all.

"Just warn them that if they're having any pain to come back home and warm them up or if they get to school and they're having pain, to notify their teacher,” Dr. Botros said.

Dr. Botros says as long as you plan ahead, and dress properly, you should be fine.

"The biggest danger honestly comes from patients who are outside for a prolonged amount of time patients who aren't prepared for this kind of weather,” Dr. Botros said.

The doctor told us there are some people who are higher risk and should stay inside tomorrow if possible including the elderly and anyone with diabetes or circulation problems. Everyone who is in good health should be ok as long as they dress properly with lots of layers.

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