Knowing the Warning Signs of Frostbite

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The brutally cold temperatures are putting people at risk across the Tri-State.

It's cold enough outside that emergency officials are warning people to stay indoors, if at all possible.

That's not an option for Tara Fuller. She's a United States Postal Carrier who's outside more than six hours a day.

"I'm dressed in layers. I know what works for me," Fuller said. "Layers are important, but not too tight. If it's too tight, the moisture gets trapped, you sweat and then you're cold the entire day."

"People are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia when temperatures are this cold," said Dr. Clay Young, an emergency room physician with Cabell Huntington Hospital. "With the temperatures we're expecting through tomorrow, people can get frostbite in a matter of minutes."

Frostbite is the actual freezing of the tissue or body part that often affects the ears, nose, fingers or toes. Warning signs include pale, waxy white or grey skin, numbness, tingling and reduced blood flow.

It's important not to treat with hot water or a heating pad. If there are still signs of trauma within half an hour, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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