Eau Claire (WQOW) – Even though it’s not technically winter, health care professionals are reminding people that it’s still cold enough to get hurt by frostbite.
St. Joseph’s Wound Care Clinic said that people should take precautions especially if they are outside for extended periods of time, like hunting or shoveling.
The clinic said folks should bundle up like normal in severe cold, with heavy coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. However, it’s not a bad idea to layer those items either, like wearing mittens over gloves or a jacket under a coat.
Experts also remind people to look out for red or white skin that has been exposed, especially on the tip of the nose, earlobes, and fingertips, and to generally just pay attention to how the weather is affecting them.
“A lot of it comes down to common sense, keeping a hat on, mittens, checking your young kids and bringing them in so often so they don’t get cold. Having an extra blanket in the car even can help,” said Eddie Stefonek, wound care center nurse.
Stefonek said if you do get frost bitten, you should get to a warmer area and run the affected area under lukewarm water.