As we move into colder winter months, it’s important to remember to dress warmly to prevent the risk of frostbite. Frostbite can occur to any body parts that are exposed to the cold – most commonly cheeks, nose, ears, hands, fingers, and toes. If you feel numbness and tingling or skin that appears pale, go inside immediately and remove any wet clothing. Do not rub frostbitten skin or hold near direct heat. Warm the affected area by placing in warm water or applying warm compresses for 15-30 minutes or wrap the frozen area gently in a warm blanket. Do not cover the area or apply creams or ointments. Do not break blisters. If signs of infection are present, see your doctor. It’s normal to feel pain and tingling when the frozen area is thawed. Pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen are good choices and are available at Midhurst Pharmacy.
Pharmacist owners Jenna Lougheed and Carolyn Glover offer LiveWell tips here and in the Springwater News.