Frostbite and Hypothermia

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Hypothermia_InfographicLG2Hypothermia is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops less than 95F. IT CAN KILL. For those who survive, there are likely to be lasting kidney, liver and pancreas problems. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorentation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Take the person’s temperature. If below 95*F, seek medical care immediately.

Frostbite is damage to body tissue caused by extreme cold. A wind chill of -20*F will cause frostbite in just 30 minutes. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately! If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm affected areas. However, if the person is also showing signs of hypothermia, warm the body core before the extremities.

 

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