Cold Temperature Exposure - Check Your Symptoms
Call 911 if a person is very confused, stumbles a lot, or faints, and you suspect hypothermia.
Call a doctor if:
- The person's temperature is still below 96°F after 2 hours of warming.
- The victim is a child or an older adult. It is a good idea to call even if the symptoms seem mild.
- The skin is white or blue, and hard, rubbery, and cold. These are signs of severe frostbite. You need careful rewarming and antibiotics to prevent permanent tissue damage and infection.
Blisters form. Do not break them. The risk of infection is very high.
- You have signs of infection. These may include increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness; red streaks leading from the area; pus; and fever.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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