Health Tip: Developing Frostbite02/07/14
(HealthDay News) -- When the temperature dips well below
freezing and the wind chill plummets, frostbite is a real concern.
It can cause permanent tissue damage.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says these people
are at greatest risk of developing frostbite:
- The very young and very old, and those who have prolonged
exposure to cold.
- People who are wet, and those who aren't properly dressed to
protect against cold weather.
- People with circulation problems, such as those with diabetes
or hardening of the arteries.
- People who have had a previous cold-related injury.
- People taking medications that affect blood flow to the skin,
or those who use alcohol or nicotine.
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