Cold weather brings health concerns

CREATED Jan 6, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The arctic air across Wisconsin is already bringing people into area hospitals for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.

Dr. Jerry Suriano works for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and he says the best way to treat frostbite is with a gradual warming process.

You should avoid rubbing the area, because that could cause more damage to the affected tissue. You should also never warm the area using a stove or any open flame. 

If frostbite is affecting your feet or toes, you should avoid walking on it until the feet are properly warmed back up.

Dr. Suriano says the best method is using warm water around 100 degrees - he recommends using a whirlpool if available. 

If the area becomes painful, you should seek a doctor immediately.