Resisting the incoming cold temperatures

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Reporter - Mychaela Bruner
Photographer - Chad Darnall

PADUCAH - Frigid temperatures affect everyone differently, but no matter who you are, doctors say knowledge is the best tool we have to stay safe. Cold conditions are sweeping across many parts of the country, including the Local 6 region.

Doctors say the best advice they can give is to ask people just to stay home. If you do have to leave your house, dress warmly.

Family Physician Kathryn Glass says that cold temperatures are hard to prepare for, but it is important to know the risks that come along with those dropping temperatures expected in the coming days. She says it is important to keep an eye out for symptoms of frost bite, which can include:

- Reddening of the skin
- Anything that seems like it is numb
- Leg cramps
- Extreme Swelling
- Blisters
- Ulcers
- Bleeding

The younger and older generations have less resistance to the cold, so it is important for them to wear proper clothing in the cold and to stay hydrated.

Cold weather can also have an impact on your breathing and blood circulation, and Glass says the right kind of clothing can make a huge difference.

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