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      How to protect yourself from frostbite in freezing weather

      A brutal blast of winter weather is posing a major health risk.

      D octors at the University of Toledo Medical Center say they've seen around 15 to 20 reported cases of frost bite in the last several weeks.

      A ccording to doctors , frostbite occurs when the skin and body tissue just underneath it freezes. Normally, frostbite affects smaller, more exposed areas of your body like the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin.

      D octor Kris Brickman with UTMC say s most frostbite cases involve people not ready for the weather, "the people that are actually going to their car, going out to do something find themselves spending more time outside. they're not prepared, they don't have a hat on, some of them don't even have gloves on," explains Brickman.

      S o what do you need to look out for? According to the Mayo Clinic signs of frostbite include,

      - A slight painful, prickly or itching sensation.

      - Having red, white, pale and grayish - yellow skin.

      - Hard or waxy looking skin.

      - A cold or burning feeling.

      - Numbness

      - And clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness.