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Protecting skin a must in freezing temperatures

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Temperatures have taken a turn. And when the numbers fall below zero, it can be down right dangerous for you and your family.

Doctors say frostbite most likely affects body parts that are farther away from your core. That includes your feet, toes, hands, fingers, nose and ears, so it's a must to cover up.

Chris Solaro from Blessing's ER department says when the wind chill gets 10 below zero, frostbite can happen in just a few minutes for skin that's exposed.

And it's good to know the warning signs just in case the weather catches you off guard.

"The first signs of frostbite would be pain, numbness, or tingling in the extremities, especially towards the end of the extremities, like the finger tips or toes," Solaro said.

Solaro says the key to staying warm and not getting frostbite is to layer up and cover all exposed skin. However, if you begin feel any symptoms, you need to get somewhere warm.

"What we'll do is just apply kind of gentle, moist heat and that can help re-warm circulation," Solaro said. "If someone has really awful frostbite where there's tissue damage beyond repair sometimes that actually needs surgery, but that would be a severe case."

Solaro says the elderly and children are most at risk for frostbite, so double check to make sure all exposed skin is covered.

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