An article in the February issue of Well Servicing Magazine talks about working in cold temperatures. One of the potential issues while working in cold temperatures is it can lead to frostbite. Since human cells and tissue consists mostly of water, they begin to freeze when the temperature goes below 32º F, and frostbite can set in.
The Mayo Clinic warns about this and writes “The areas most likely to be affected are your hands, feet, nose and ears. If your skin looks white or grayish-yellow, is very cold and has a hard or waxy feel, you may have frostbite.” They also say the key to treating frostbite is gradually warming the affected area. Get out of the cold and remove wet clothes. Put frostbitten hands and feet in warm water, 104ºF to 107ºF. Wrap or cover areas in a warm blanket, but don’t get too close to direct heat because it can cause burns before you feel them on your numb skin. If blisters develop, seek medical help as soon as possible.
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