Paramedic says chilly temperatures can lead to hypothermia

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – The lower temperatures drop the greater your chances of any number of medical problems. We all know how it feels when you start to lose feeling in your fingers and toes. It just takes minutes.

Too much time out in the cold can lead from a minor case of frost bite to hypothermia. People who work outdoors should pay extra-close attention.

Paramedics say they only see a couple of cases a year. Lufkin EMS Coordinator Jimmy Ragsdale says it's important to know the symptoms.

"When you lose the feeling would be what I gage it by right now, --when it becomes totally numb. You definitely need to pay attention to that when you no longer feel cold and when the body stops shivering. Shivering is a warming mechanism that the body uses and once you go below that you'll get in a very dangerous situation," said Ragsdale.

Other signs include losing the ability to make rational decisions and when your body starts to feel warm and you know it's not. It's easy to avoid. Wear plenty of layers and try to avoid staying out in the cold for too long. Paramedics say as soon as you start to feel the any of these symptoms, call for medical help.

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