KUSA- At least two people have been treated for frostbite at the University of Colorado Hospital.
The bitter cold temperatures are expected to last several more days. Some groups of people are especially susceptible to the extreme cold. They include the homeless, those who smoke or drink while exposed to cold, the very young and very old, and people who are diabetic.
The UCH Burn Center has the following tips to avoid frostbite.
- Be prepared for winter weather and dress appropriately in multiple loose layers of clothing with the top layer being wind proof and water repellent. The layers help trap air and keep you warm.
- Remove wet clothing as soon as possible.
- Wear mittens instead of gloves as they offer better protection.
- Limit the amount of time you are outdoors. Frostbite can occur within minutes on a day that is less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit with winds of 20 mph.
- Do not drink alcohol if you will be outside on a cold day.
Signs and symptoms of frostbite include: loss of feeling to exposed body parts, white or gray and waxy looking skin, and blistering.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of those symptoms, contact your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
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