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Health district: Frigid, windy weather could lead to frostbite, hypothermia

Severe cold and winds predicted for today through Wednesday morning could cause frostbite or hypothermia, according to Logan County Health District’s Dr. Boyd Hoddinott.

Too-coldThe information board at the Logan County Health District office, 310 S. Main St., could not compute the temperature (-5) along with the time Jan. 6 as a result of the extreme cold temperatures that day. Health district officials are warning residents about the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia with similar temperatures expected today though Wednesday.(EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)

“Understand that in these conditions frostbite can occur to exposed skin on you or your pets paws in just a few minutes without pain until it is too late,” said Dr. Hoddinott.

The National Weather Service had issued a wind chill warning which starts this afternoon and watch which will continue until Wednesday morning. The warnings mean very cold air and strong winds can combine to create dangerously low wind chill values.

Too much exposure can cause frostbite which is damage to body tissue. It causes a loss of feeling and can show up as a white, pale or waxy appearance to fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose.

Hypothermia is a drop in body temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion.

Take the person’s temperature, and if it is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, seek immediate medical care, Dr. Hoddinott said.

When going out, wear a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover the face, sleeves that are snug at the wrist,  mittens, water-resistant coats and boots and several layers of loose fitting clothing.

For more cold weather tips, visit the health district’s website at www.loganhealth.org.

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