Frostbite Prevention Tips

Proper frostbite prevention tips can prevent a serious frostbite skin problem and alleviate a lot of the possible health complications that can occur.

Limit Exposure to Cold Temperatures and Cover Up

The best way of preventing frostbite on the skin is to stay indoors during times of extreme cold. If it is necessary to be outdoors in these conditions, then cover up in layers all exposed skin areas with appropriate cold and wind resistant clothing. Coverage of the face and head are very important as these areas tend to experience the brunt of the cold weather. Covering the head also helps prevent a lot of heat loss from the body. Even when it does not necessarily feel extremely cold, a strong wind chill contacting exposed skin can cause frostbite rather quickly. Limit the time you spend outdoors when cold temperatures are present. This can best be achieved by coming in from the cold occasionally in order to warm the body and skin.

Ensure Clothing is Dry

Another frost bite prevention tip includes ensuring the outdoor clothing that is worn is dry and if clothing gets wet to change into dry clothing as soon as possible.

Maintain Good Blood Circulation

Ensuring your body parts have good blood circulation is an effective way to prevent frostbite. It is best not to wear tight fitting clothing. In particular, tight gloves and tight boots will restrict blood flow and promote frostbite. Mittens rather than gloves are a better choice for keeping the hands warm.

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking if outdoors in cold weather or planning to go out in cold weather.

Other Factors to Consider for Frostbite Prevention

Individuals with health conditions such as diabetes, which make them more likely to get frostbite, should be extra diligent when out in cold weather.

Despite all the frostbite prevention tips stated above, frost bite may still occur. If any frostbite symptoms are noticed, then get out of the cold immediately.

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