Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Cold Weather Health Tips

Thursday - Feb 03, 2011

From the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The dangers of cold weather and how to stay warm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As Illinois recover from this week's snowstorm, the state now faces bitterly cold temperatures. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds people of the health dangers of extreme low temperatures and tips on how to stay warm.

Without heat, exposure to cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and/or hypothermia. Parts of the body most commonly affected by frostbite include the face, ears, hands and feet. Frostbitten skin is whitish and stiff, and the area will feel numb rather than painful. To treat frostbite, warm the affected part of the body gradually. Wrap the frostbitten area in blankets, sweaters, coats, etc. and seek medical attention immediately. Do not rub frostbitten areas because the friction can damage the tissue.

Read the press release for all of the information.

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