CHI Health talks hypothermia and frostbite warning signs

You have a greater chance at developing either frostbite or hypothermia if you are not properly dressed for extremely cold temperatures.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Hypothermia and frostbite are both dangerous conditions that can happen when someone is exposed to extremely cold temperatures.

Eric Jensen, CHI Health St. Elizabeth Burn Community Educator, says there are a few things we can do to try and avoid having to go through any of these conditions.

Preparation can go a long way. Jensen says to wear warm clothing and dress in layers. If you are wet, avoid going out in the cold weather. You have a greater chance at developing either frostbite or hypothermia if you are not properly dressed for extremely cold temperatures.

Frostbite symptoms:

  • numbness
  • skin discoloration
  • hard or waxy skin

Hypothermia symptoms:

  • shivering
  • slurred speech
  • drowsiness
  • memory loss
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