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Learn about Frostbite and Hypothermia Prevention from Penn Medicine's Level 1 Trauma Center.

Tip #1: Stay warm. Dress in layers. Base layers of cotton are especially important. Be sure to wear a hat, scarf, and gloves to protect your face from extremities and to prevent heat loss.

Tip #2: Limit time outside. Take breaks. Give yourself a minute inside to warm up, change wet clothing, and also get something warm to drink.

Tip #3: Keep a winter survival kit in your car. This kit should include items like blankets, water and food in case you're trapped or end up out for an extended period of time.

Some of the things you should look for as warning signs that you may have frost bite include numbness in the fingers, toes, or other areas of your body that may have been exposed to the cold as well redness and other discoloration.

Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, loss of coordination and confusion as well as shortness of breath. If you think you have hypothermia or frostbite you should seek medical attention immediately.

  • Published: June 11, 2021
  • Video Type: Trauma
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