Frostbite and Hypothermia: What’s the Difference?

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Arctic air and serious winter storms have descended on Northwest Ohio. Freezing temperatures and dangerous windchills can be especially dangerous for those spending time outside, putting them at risk for hypothermia or even frostbite.

Follow these tips for staying safe if you’re outside for long periods of time.

  • Dress in layers, with a polyester or other wicking fabric right next to your skin.
  • Make sure every part of your body is covered so heat doesn’t escape.
  • Don’t sweat excessively as the moisture will make you colder.
  • Beware of shivering. It’s a warning sign of possible hypothermia.
  • Don’t be outside alone. People with hypothermia often aren’t thinking clearly and may not realize they’re in danger.
  • Drink warm liquids to warm up your core.
  • Make sure you’re eating enough calories.

If you feel like hypothermia or frostbite has set in, get inside, remove any wet clothing, cover yourself in blankets and seek medical attention if necessary.