Preventing hypothermia and severe frostbite in chilly temps.

By  | 

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. As the weather continues to drop, the body’s average temperature of 98.6% will drop as well if not property taken care of.

In serious cases, the body could risk hypothermia and severe frostbite.

Hypothermia is caused when the body’s temperature drops below its normal range. It can be considered as dropping lower than 95%. It can set in pretty quickly and if not taken care of, could lead the person into cardiac arrest.

Severe frostbite can also be caused by leaving exposed skin out in chilly temperatures. You can notice it as the body loses circulation and coloration. If not treated, you can lost limbs or even the tip of your nose.

If you are traveling outdoors in the chilly temperatures, you are advised to wear layers of clothing, a hat, gloves, scarfs and boots. If you are traveling, make sure to have an emergency blanket in your vehicle, a working cell phone and let your family know your destination and time.

“They should have many layers on as they are comfortable in if they are going to be outside,” said Amber Jacoby, BSN, RN, Nursing Instructor for Western Nebraska Community College. “Try to make sure you have no exposed skin other than your mouth so you can breathe properly.”

Anyone working outdoors, younger children, elderly and people with body conditions that they cannot regulate are at higher risks for hypothermia and severe frostbite.

“If you are outside and you are working, your body might be letting off more heat than normal,” said Jacoby. “If you are sweating while you are outside in the cold conditions, that might put you at higher risk.”

The signs shown when feeling cold are shivering and teeth clouting.

If the condition is a serious one, you want to receive medical attention immediately.