How to Recognize, Prevent, and Treat Frostbite and Hypothermia
A visit to this beautiful area- which is almost always sunny, can make visitors forget that the cold is something one needs to be prepared for. Especially for those visiting from warmer climates. A visit here can seem much colder for those not used to it.
Frostbite, and/or a milder condition referred to as “frostnip” are very real, and unfortunately, often happen to those visiting that weren’t quite prepared for the very cold temps. Hypothermia can also result when your body temp falls below normal and can lead to a dangerous situation. However, while both of these conditions boil down to being exposed to cold, wet conditions, you can take some precautions to limit your risks.
The very best protection you have is to dress in tightly woven layers. Outerwear should be cold, wind, and water-resistant. Wear clothing that isn’t too tight, which can bring on perspiration, causing you to become even colder. Proper clothing, along with limiting the amount of time in prolonged cold temperatures, is key to preventing frostbite and hypothermia.
Even the best efforts to cover up exposed skin can still be tricky- with ears, noses, and toes just being more susceptible. Especially with children and seniors, keep a lookout for pink/reddening skin- as well as shivering and confusion. It won’t take long in very cold temps, so know when to call it a day.
And don’t fret if you are in need of some extra winter wearables. Between local thrift stores and some high-end retailers, you are sure to find what you need. So get out there and enjoy your time in the sun, snow, and cooler temps! Keeping these tips in mind will ensure a safe and happy adventure while recreating.