ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – With temperatures expected to dip into the teens this week, Dr. Stephanie Niec, of Gundersen Lutheran, says going outside for extended periods of time will put you at an increased risk for frostbite.
"Frostbite is a freezing of the skin that occurs when it's cold outside," Dr. Niec says.
"Strong, cold winds can also increase the risk of frostbite," she adds.
Dr. Niec says the hands, feet, face and ears tend to be the most vulnerable areas to frostbite – which is why it's advisable to wear a hat, mittens and scarf if you have to go outside.
She adds wearing two pairs of socks can help protect your feet and toes.
The dry, waxy skin, as well as reddening skin, are both indicative of frostbite.
Dr. Niec recommends treating the frostbitten areas with warm water for approximately 30 minutes once inside.
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