Stories tagged with: Frostbite

January 12, 2016 - 4:22pm
28 weeks 15 hours ago

With winter temperatures dropping significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.

On Monday, January 4, 2016, we visited the Zanesville-Muskingum County Public Health Department to talk to Dr. Vicki Whitacre about the first signs of frostbite and how to avoid it.

“Frostbite starts with things turning red on your skin. Your skin becomes very red and it will feel painful. If you felt like your cheeks were feeling painful and then all of a sudden they...

January 7, 2014 - 7:08pm
2 years 28 weeks ago

The ER at Genesis Good Samaritan is reporting cases of frostbite.

Although emergency rooms actually see fewer patients during extreme weather, Director of Trauma and Emergency at Good Samaritan, David Davis, said there have been several people admitted to the ER with weather-related health problems.

"We've had some frostbite, nothing too bad," Davis explained. "We've had several car crashes that seem to be weather related, lots of falls and a lot of...

January 6, 2014 - 6:52pm
2 years 28 weeks ago

To avoid weather-related health problems such as frostbite, Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, says to pay close attention to your ears, nose and hands, and if you feel pain, head indoors.

Dr. Whitacre explained, "First you get onset of pain and redness to the area and then it sort of becomes numb, or can turn white or waxy looking and feels hard when it's actually frozen."

Shivering, confusion, memory loss, fumbling hands and...

December 10, 2013 - 6:59pm
2 years 32 weeks ago

Winter does not officially arrive for eleven more days but the thermometer tells a different story. . .

High temperatures throughout this week will only be in the twenties. With temperatures well below freezing, you need to be sure you are keeping your body safe from two dangerous scenarios.

"Hypothermia is just extreme loss of body temperature,” explained Epidemiologist, Kristen Baker. “Your organs kind of slow down, they start to shut down, you are not going to...

January 22, 2013 - 6:25pm
3 years 26 weeks ago

Temperatures are expected to be frigid this week with some days only reaching into the teens.

Those temperatures along with a wind chill can cause problems for those heading outdoors if even for a short time. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said that if people are venturing outdoors they shouldn't be out longer than 30 minutes. That number drops to 10-15 minutes if there is a lot of wind. Dr. Whitacre said burning, pain and tingling in the fingers, nose and ears are some of the signs to get indoors...

January 10, 2011 - 6:58pm
5 years 28 weeks ago

Winter weather is at its peak and the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department says there is something you should look out for...

Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Director of Nursing Gloria Kieffer says you can try to avoid frostbite by paying attention to the early warning signs. The first signs of frostbite include redness or pain in any skin area. When seeing these signs, it is vital to get out of the cold and...

February 10, 2010 - 5:50pm
6 years 24 weeks ago

We've been dealing with the snow out of this winter system, and now the winds are beginning to pick up.

If you aren't covered properly, it can cause your ears, nose, and fingers to develop frostnip or frostbite. There's a misconception though. You don't have to be out in the cold for a long period of time for these cold-weather injuries to develop.

"Sometimes people look at the temperature gauge, and they see it's only 10 degrees or 15 degrees. Then they're like 'hey, that's...

January 4, 2010 - 6:17pm
6 years 29 weeks ago

People are adapting to the cold weather we've been experiencing since the start of the new year.

Community Ambulance says it's hardly had any cold-weather runs because everyone's bundling up and staying inside to keep warm, but Executive Director, Phil Koster, wants to remind everyone of a big factor that goes along with those cold temperatures.

"Don't underestimate wind chill. I know we talk a lot about temperature and how cold it is, especially when it's below freezing,...

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