Arctic air has moved into Wisconsin and doctors are giving warnings about keeping warm when it’s so cold outside. Without proper protection, cold weather related injuries can happen even when temperatures are above freezing.
Dr. Paul Green, an urgent care physician at Luther Midefort in Eau Claire, says things can happen to exposed skin in less than five minutes. He says frostbite most commonly affects hands and feet, but it’s also important to remember to cover your nose, cheeks, and ears. He says even corneas may be affected by frostbite, so wearing sunglasses or even a ski mask can help.
If you think you have frostbite, Dr. Green says get in to someplace warm, remove any wet clothing, and don’t rub the area, instead, put it in warm water.