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Doctors urge hunters to be careful of frostbite

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Doctors urge hunters to be careful of frostbite.

One tip to prevent it is to not get sweaty when carrying gear to and from a deer stand, said Dr. Eric Grube, who practices emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System.

If the base level of clothing gets wet, a person is more likely to get cold and increase his/her chances of hypothermia and frostbite, he said.

Hunters should bring extra clothes, or just take their time and walk slowly, Grube added.

"I would try to do passive warming measures. Hand heaters. If you need to, you need to get out of the woods and start moving around, which will help circulate your blood through your extremities," Grube said.

Signs of frostbite are heaviness or tingling feelings, or a loss of sensation or color in the hands or feet.

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