Cold Hands and Feet (cont.)
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 2/26/2015
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