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Recent frigid weather reminds how frostbite can be a big concern this time of year

Frostbite is possible within 15-30 minutes in frigid weather
Limit prolonged exposure in frigid weather and wear proper winter gear and multiple layers
Limit prolonged exposure in frigid weather and wear proper winter gear and multiple layers(25 News Staff)
Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 6:58 PM CST
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Staying outside in this winter weather can lead to frostbite and other problems. With the combination of frigid temperatures and high winds, like we have today, exposure to these elements - for, say the length of a t-v show - can cause frostbite.

Dr. Mike Honan, medical director at unity point health in pekin, describes frostbite by three degree. The first being a mild case where you see some minor dis-coloration and redness. The following two are more serious. Dr. Honan said, “Second degree frostbite becomes much more serious and severe. That’s when you start to see paler, increased whiteness of the fingertips, toes, and so forth. And then third degree would be more of where you start to see actual dead tissue or darkening of some of the tissue.”

Honan added that if you feel like you may have frostbite, it is important to rest the hand or foot in luke warm water, rather than boiling hot water. And to avoid frostbite, limit your time outside, and wear protective gear and multiple layers.

Through the end of the week there is a high risk for frostbite, especially Friday morning with wind chills 10-25 degrees below zero.

The National Weather Service provides a chart to track when and how fast frostbite can occur.

Frostbite times calculated using temperature and wind chart provided by the National Weather...
Frostbite times calculated using temperature and wind chart provided by the National Weather Service(25 News Staff)

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