Posts Tagged ‘winter safety’

Frostbite Gone Mild: What to Do About Frostnip

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Frostnip is the teeth-gritting side of frostbite’s personality. Not scary, unless you keep agitating it. Then it gets mean.

Like burns, frostbite comes in three degrees, explains family doctor Eva Briggs in this week’s featured article. Frostnip is the mildest. With it, your skin looks pale and feels stiff. It doesn’t lead to permanent damage. But it’s a good, nippy warning to warm up before frostbite starts chomping.

In “Frostnip Vs. Frostbite: What’s the Difference?” you’ll learn how to treat both ailments—and what not to do. (For example, don’t rub, even with frostnip. It could damage skin.)

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Why You Should Keep Matches in the Car – for Winter Safety

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Do you have a winter car kit? Does it include matches and a can?

In most areas of the country during these frigid-weather months, a survival kit is essential. But what should it include? In this week’s featured article, “Winter Car Kit: What to Pack for Emergency Survival,” an emergency-medicine doctor shares his list. On it: matches and a can, to melt snow for water. He suggests that if you don’t carry everything on the list, at least “make sure you have things to keep you warm (blankets or sleeping bags), water, food and a charged cell phone.”

How’s your kit looking?

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Poisonous Poinsettias and Merry Christmas Coronaries: Happy Winter!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Winter doesn’t start until December 21, but according to my local box store, the Christmas season has been in full swing since before Halloween. And many of you have seen snow already. So I think our winter-health article fits right in this week, don’t you?

Merry Christmas!

In “7 Winter-Health Questions With Expert Tips,” you’ll learn the best prescription cough medicines, tips for getting your kids out of bed while it’s still dark, whether poinsettias and mistletoe are dangerous for children, and just how precarious snow shoveling is (or really kinda isn’t, comparatively speaking).

Plus, have you heard of the merry Christmas coronary? Heart attacks are more common during the winter holidays! “Causes include too much stress (leading to high blood pressure), food, alcohol and tobacco, and a variation from regular exercise routines,” writes cardiologist Barry Cohen. He gives quick tips on how to avoid this coal-lump of a Christmas surprise.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a fantastic rest of the year.

Carbon monoxide poisoning: Prevent and treat it this winter

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

There are always scary stories about carbon monoxide deaths this time of year.  It can happen any time, but in the winter, people have the heat on and the house sealed.

A family of four were guests in an Aspen, Colorado, mansion recently and died in the night.  I remember a famous tennis player died a few years ago staying in someone’s guest room.  Carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, does not discriminate against any social class.  It can affect anyone.  In fact, a draft or two in an old house might help a little to ventilate it out.

Carbon monoxide is a product of carbon fuel combustion from things like fireplaces, heaters, exhaust fumes, pollution or volcano eruptions.  The modern day poisoning usually comes when you combine an inefficient or malfunctioning heat source with a relatively sealed space.  It’s popular way to commit suicide, with 2,000 deaths per year from breathing exhaust fumes in a closed garage.

And then there are the accidental exposures.


Prevent falls on ice. Winter walking tips from an orthopedist.

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

I must admit I slip on the ice frequently.  Sometimes I fall.  Luckily, I have always gotten back up with only my pride bruised.  However, I do see serious injuries after every significant snowfall.  You really don’t want a cast for Christmas, do you?

Dr. Ronald Grelsamer, a knee and hip orthopedic doctor from Mt. Sinai hospital in New York, gives his winter walking tips to avoid serious injuries.


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