January 24, 2019

Ahead of extreme cold, doctors remind people of frostbite risks

By Karl Oestreich


We’re heading into an extremely cold stretch of weather over the next several days, so Mayo Clinic doctors are reminding people about the KTTC-10-Rochester logodangers of frostbite…“When you can’t feel your hands and you’re running them under potentially even boiling water or water that’s too hot, it will be damaging to you rather than a slow, controlled, half hour rewarming process,” said Dr. David McAlpine, Medical Director at Mayo Clinic Health System Austin and Albert Lea.

Reach:  KTTC-TV Channel 10 is the Rochester, Minnesota-based NBC affiliate.  Its website has more than 160,00 unique visitors each month.

Context:  David McAlpine, M.D. is an emergency medicine physician with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota. Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. First your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite. But frostbite can occur on skin covered by gloves or other clothing. You can learn more about frostbite here.

Contact:  Rick Thiesse

Tags: Dr. David McAlpine, extreme cold weather, frostbite, KTTC, Mayo Clinic Health System, Uncategorized

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