MADISON, Wis. – UW Health is reporting eight cold-related injuries during a cold snap that has reached life-threateningly low temperatures.
Officials with the hospital said they have treated seven cases of frostbite since midnight Wednesday.
The hospital also treated one person with an injury caused by attempting to freeze boiling water.
Wisconsin is under a Wind Chill Warning from Wednesday through noon Thursday, which increases the likelihood you’ll get frostbite.
Frostbitten skin becomes red and swollen. It feels like it’s on fire, and you might develop blisters. It happens when your body’s survival mechanism kicks in during extremely cold weather, cutting circulation to your extremities, like your feet, hands and nose.
If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, or if your skin turns blue or gray, or feels hard and even numb under the surface, go to the hospital.
Below are the indicators of frostbite, according to weather.gov:
- First-degree: Ice crystals are forming on your skin.
- Second-degree: Skin begins to feel warm even though it is not yet defrosted.
- Third-degree: Skin turns red, pale or white.
- Fourth-degree: Pain lasts for more than a few hours and skin may develop dark blue or black. See a doctor immediately.
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