South MS cold could lead to frostbite with prolonged exposure

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With temperature lows like South Mississippi is experiencing right now,  WLOX meteorologists say the threat of frostbite from prolonged exposure to the cold is very real. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation.

The Centers for Disease Control warning signs include:

* White or grayish-yellow skin

* Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy

* Numbness.

If frostbite occurs, the C.D.C. suggests:

* Get into a warm room as soon as possible

* Immerse affected area in warm (not hot water)

* Warm the affected area using body heat. For example, the heat of an armpit can be used to warm frostbitten fingers.

* Don't use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming because affected areas are numb and can be easily burned.

* Try to avoid walking on frostbitten feet or toes

* Do not massage the affect any areas.

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