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2009-12-09MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Health Effects

Such bitter arctic conditions and kids at home from school can be a dangerous combination. Experts say in weather like we're experiencing, you should always watch for signs of both frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite is literally ice crystals forming in the skin. Symptoms include skin turning flushed, white, or greyish-yellow. Often, victims don't realize there's a problem until noticing the skin is pale and glossy. Hypothermia's symptoms include slurred speech, numbness, mental confusion, impaired judgment, and drowsiness. Both can result in damage to internal organs if not treated, so medical experts say it's critical to watch for signs of both.