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Doctors Warn Of Frostbite, Hypothermia In Frigid Temps

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The cold weather is not only uncomfortable, it can also put you at risk. Sub-zero temps, combined with bone-chilling winds, make the winter weather un-comfortable and dangerous.

"If you have any exposed skin on those days when it's going to be really cold, I wouldn't go outside at all," said Dr. Daniel Bouchard, Sparrow Hospital.

Doctors say this extreme cold poses a threat to everyone, especially kids and the elderly. Dr. Hodge says kids home from school should be okay to play outside, but make sure they're bundled up and bring them back inside often to warm up.

"I would say it's great to be able to go outside and play, but make sure you dress warmly and appropriately and then use short intervals of play, but watch for hypothermia and certainly watch for frostbite," said Dr. Hodge, the executive medical director of Sparrow Hospital.

Frostbite is typically seen on fingers, ears and noses. Symptoms include numbness, tingling and white spots on the skin. In these conditions, frostbite can freeze bare flesh in just minutes.

Sparrow doctors say they've treated dozens of patients for frostbite already. This week, they've also helped people with hypothermia.

"The first thing you notice is the shivering and then you get colder and you don't have the shiver mechanism anymore and you become confused, weak, headache, fatigued, so those are sometimes symptoms you might miss."

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