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Cold Hands and Feet (cont.)

Prevention

The best way to avoid cold injuries is to wear adequate clothing when venturing outdoors in the cold.

  • Especially in windy conditions, protect the face, hands, and feet.
  • Using hand-warmer packs, such as those used by skiers, can be helpful when out in colder weather for prolonged periods.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing.
  • Mittens are warmer than gloves.
  • Do not wear extra pairs of socks if they make shoes or boots fit too tightly.
  • Keep hands and feet dry.
  • If possible, seek shelter during extreme cold.
  • Physical activity with adequate food intake will help keep your hands and feet warm.
  • Do not smoke, because smoking decreases the circulation to hands and feet.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2013

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