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Take extra precautions this winter to protect yourself from frostbite.

Frostbite occurs when the skin is exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time. It can affect any part of the body, but the most common places are the hands, feet, nose, and ears. Symptoms include a pale yellow or white color to the skin with a pins and needles feeling. In extreme cases, blisters form on the affected area.

It's important to protect your skin when spending any amount of time in cold weather. You can do this by wearing three layers of clothing. The first layer should be material that helps keep you dry. The second layer should keep you warm such as wool or fleece. The third layer should be worn on top and should be waterproof. It may be time consuming to layer up for the cold weather, but it's definitely worth it. Other steps you can take include:

  • Wearing a hat that covers your head and ears.
  • Wearing a scarf to cover your nose.
  • Wearing mittens or gloves.
  • Layering a pair of wool socks over some that resist moisture.
  • Wearing warm, waterproof boots that cover your ankles.

If you think you have frostbite, get to a warm place and seek medical attention.

Additional health and wellness information
If you're a Highmark member, you have access to a secure, members-only website that provides information about cervical cancer.

To access your Highmark member website, select the service region noted on your member ID card. After logging in, select the "Wellness" tab and type "frostbite" in the search field. For more information on your Highmark member website, read How to Register on Your Highmark Member Website.