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|Protect Yourself From the Bitter Cold
|(IRN)-With dangerously low temperatures and wind chills hitting parts of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding you to bundle up if you must go outside.
Layers of clothes are the best method to stay warm in frigid temperatures. "Several layers of lightweight clothing rather than one or two layers of heavy garments," said Kelly Jakubek, IDPH spokeswoman.
Covering your head and wearing mittens rather than gloves will help keep you warm. Heavy socks should be worn with waterproof boots.
Not dressing properly can result in frostbite or hypothermia. Parts of the body most commonly affected by frostbite include the face, ears, hands and feet. Frostbitten skin will appear whitish in color, feel stiff, numb and painful. Treatment involves gradually bringing up the temperature of the affected area and seeking medical attention.
Hypothermia is caused by a drop of body temperature to 95 degrees F or less and can be fatal. The condition usually develops over a period of time, anywhere between a few days to several weeks. Symptoms include forgetfulness, drowsiness, slurred speech, weak pulse, slow heartbeat and shallow breathing. The condition should be treated in a hospital. Jakubek says one should never give a hypothermia victim a hot shower or bath because it could cause shock.
Before checking on elderly neighbors, make sure you are bundled up. If you are shoveling snow, take frequent breaks and pace yourself. Overexertion can cause sore muscles, falls and heart attacks.
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
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