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winterfamilySnowmen, snow angels and snowball fights are fun activities for children and the young at heart. But being
outside in cold temperatures can have an adverse effect on your health if you are not careful. Frostbite is 
common for those who have prolonged exposure to cold temperatures and low wind chill factors. 

Though everyone is at risk of developing frostbite when outside in winter, some are more susceptible than others. 
In fact, children, the elderly, diabetics and those with circulatory problems tend to get frostbite more often. 

Symptoms
* Skin discoloration, along with burning and/or tingling sensations
* Partial or complete numbness of the affected area
* Intense pain

To reduce your risk of frostbite

* Protect your hands, feet, nose and ears by bundling up in warm, layered loose- fitting clothing. 
* Go inside to warm up periodically, even if you do not feel extremely cold. 
* Avoid smoking cigarettes, which can narrow your blood vessels and increase risk of frostbite. 
* Get out of the cold when your skin appears red or if you experience any pain. 

People who suffer frostbite on their extremities are also susceptible to hypothermia, a dangerous lowering of body temperature. 
Check for symptoms of hypothermia and treat them first before tending to frostbite injuries. 



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