Hypothermia and frostbite warnings

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Extreme low temperatures can increase your chances of getting hypothermia or frostbite.

“A lot of sweatshirts, a lot of gloves, hats, trying to stay indoors as much as I can,” Hunter Reed Penn Student, said.
 
Ana Laura Faoro, high school, Junior, from Dallas, TX was in State College visiting Penn State.  She was trying different things to stay warm.

“Wearing really warm socks with warm boots, and we have these heat pads that you can put in your pocket,” Faoro, said.
 
One of the biggest concerns of the freezing temperatures is hypothermia.
So when you’re out in the cold Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Rich Kelly
Says there are some symptons to keep an eye out for.
 
“Periods of confusion, a little disorientation, then maybe some slurred speech, and some fumbling of the hands,” Rich Kelly, EMS Clinical Supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center, said.
 
If you see someone with these signs, bring them into a warm dry place and replace their clothing, especially if it’s wet.
 
For frostbite there’s also a few tell tale signs…

“Pins and needles, it’s kind of an early sign, but in the more advanced stages those areas will start to get white and become waxy,” Rich Kelly, EMS Clinical Supervisor for Mount Nittany Medical Center, said.

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