Take precautions to avoid frostbite as winter weather approaches the midstate


MACON, Ga. -- As winter weather approaches the midstate, it's important to take certain precautions to avoid getting frostbite.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the twenties in the coming days, and health professionals say that while it doesn't take long for frostbite symptoms to set in, they can cause serious damage.

Todd Braswell, Emergency Department Director at Coliseum Medical Center, said, "The biggest risk is obviously exposure. Fingers, nose, toes, cheeks, chin. Those are the areas, and your ears, that are usually most exposed and you don't have to be out in these cold temperatures very long to actually begin the process of having frostbite."

Braswell said that it will definitely be cold enough next week for frostbite to be an issue, especially if it's windy.

The first stage of frostbite, which is called frost nip, when the skin begins to turn red and painful.

The next stage of frostbite will bring numbing and whiteness to the skin.

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