As temperatures plunge into dangerous territory, hitting unexpected extremes even for February, we at AFC Urgent Care want to remind you that cold weather comes with its own set of dangers.

Two of the most common winter dangers when temperatures hit extreme lows is frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can occur on your nose, ears, toes and fingers. Symptoms of frostbite can include grayish-yellow or white skin and a hard, waxy feel to the area thats affected. Hypothermia occurs when the body cannot keep itself warm and its internal temperature falls below 95 degrees. Symptoms of hypothermia include uncontrolled shivering, poor muscle control, confusion and exhaustion.

Here are a few tips on preventing frostbite and hypothermia:

  • Avoid going outside as much as possible.
  • If you do have to go outside, be sure to bundle up and layer on as many clothes as possible. Extra gloves and socks help prevent frostbite. Wearing the appropriate clothing helps prevent hypothermia from causing your temperature to plunge.
  • Stay informed. Always pay attention to reports about the frigid temperatures. Just because it is mild out in the morning doesn’t mean that the temperature might not drop later on. Be prepared and always carry extra winter gear!

AFC Urgent Care Springfield and West Springfield are open 7 days a week for all of your urgent care needs. Call us at either one of our locations 413-782-4878 (Springfield) or 413-781-0100 (West Springfield).