Nurse: Drinking in the cold causes more problems

CREATED Jan 7, 2014

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It only takes a few minutes to start showing the signs of frostbite when it's this cold outside.  
 
Local emergency rooms have been busy treating people for frostbite and in some cases, hypothermia.
 
Angie Woelffner, a nurse at Saint Joe's said that the extreme cold can not only be a hazard to our health, but drinking in these bitter cold conditions can be even worse.
 
"Unfortunetaly, drinking can make the cold even scarier cause even more problems," she said. "It inhibits shivery and causes dehydration which makes the body prone to more injuries as well."
 
Some of the warning signs for frostbite include redness or pain, white or grayish-yellow skin and unusually firm or waxy skin.
 
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