When working in the cold this winter season, take measures to protect yourself against the dangers of cold exposure, including:
The first stage of frostbite, frostnip, typically occurs in the fingers and toes. This condition generally clears up once your body is rewarmed.
Prolonged exposure to the extreme cold can result in frostbite. Frostbite typically occurs in the body’s extremities and can lead to gangrene.
Vision changes or eye pain can be associated with exposure to the extreme cold.
Hypothermia is a serious medical condition caused by exposure to the cold. Your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, resulting in an extremely low body temperature.
Immersion Foot (sometimes referred to as “Trench Foot”) is a condition that occurs when feet are exposed to cold, wet conditions for extended periods of time (i.e. cold and wet boots or socks). Once rewarmed, the foot becomes painful to touch.
When skin is exposed to the cold, it can cause poor circulation. Painful, itchy, swelling (called chilblains) can occurs as a result.
Respiratory Tract Infections
Some studies have shown a correlation between being exposed to the cold and an increase in risk in upper and lower respiratory tract infections.