February’s freezing cold temperatures have not been kind to New England, which is why we here at AFC Urgent Care would like to inform you on two of the most common winter dangers; frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite symptoms can include grayish-yellow or white skin and a hard, waxy feel to the area affected. Hypothermia occurs when your internal temperature reaches below 95 degrees. This can cause uncontrolled shivering, poor muscle control, confusion and exhaustion.

Here are a few tips on how you can prevent frostbite and hypothermia from happening to you:

  • Stay indoors as much as you can.
  • If you have to go outside, be sure to wear a lot of layers and bundle up. Having a heavy jacket will help keep your body temperature warm, and wearing gloves and hat will prevent frostbite from occuring.
  • Be aware. Always pay attention to reports of below freezing temperatures. Even if the day starts off mild, the unpredictable weather can change that in an instant. Always be prepared!

AFC Urgent Care Saugus is available 7 days a week for all of your urgent care needs. Call our center today at 781-233-1000 for more information on frostbite and hypothermia.