Rhinebeck, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) February 08, 2011
The entire nation has been under siege by an onslaught of brutal winter weather, with massive amounts of snow, ice, and frigid temperatures. As we look ahead to continued severe weather, here are some winter survival tips from Topical BioMedics, Inc., to help you get through it safely and in the best of health.
While winter can be a wonderland, offering the outdoor pleasures of skiing, snowboarding, sledding, skating, and hiking—not to mention the chores of shoveling snow, digging out cars, and scraping ice. As we undertake outdoor activities, we need to be mindful that cold temperatures also challenge our bodies and present serious health hazards.
When core body temperature lowers, it decreases circulation and threatens vital organs. Staying warm and keeping our body temperature normal takes a lot of energy. When we get cold, our body protects itself by drawing as much blood as possible to our vulnerable internal organs. Consequently, our extremities are “sacrificed” as blood is redirected—making our hands and feet take the brunt of the cold. We’ll also shiver, which is another of the body’s defense mechanisms to keep us from losing more heat.
Although they are not directly exposed, our lungs can be damaged by breathing in frigid air. In fact, deep inhalation of extremely cold air, over time, may even lead to premature lung aging. Breathing in cold air may also trigger breathing problems in those already susceptible, such as asthmatics.
Below are some common winter health hazards and conditions that can be prevented with proper preparation.
Frostbite is not just a risk during sub-zero temperatures. The fact is, it can happen when the thermometer reads as “high” as 27 degrees Fahrenheit. It occurs when the skin and the body tissue beneath it freeze, making the skin very cold, and then numb, hard, and pale. Areas of the body most prone to frostbite are the smaller, exposed areas, such as fingers, toes, nose, and ears.
Frostbite can also occur when you touch something that is frozen, such as ice or metal, as these will also conduct heat away from the body, lower your temperature, and eventually freeze tissue.
The first stage of frostbite, called frostnip, doesn’t cause permanent damage. But as frostbite progresses, it affects deeper layers of the skin. In severe cases, affected areas turn black and hard as the tissue dies.
Because of numbness, you may not even realize you have frostbite unless someone points it out to you. Symptoms include:
Hypothermia takes place when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Hypothermia occurs as your body temperatures goes below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system, and other vital organs cannot function properly. If untreated, hypothermia may lead to heart failure, respiratory failure, and possibly even death.
The most common causes of hypothermia are exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. Even if the outside temperature isn’t below freezing, a high wind chill factor may put you at risk. Because water rapidly draws heat out of the body, body heat is lost much faster in cold water than in cold air.
The elderly and the very young are especially vulnerable to hypothermia, and even inadequate indoor heating can put them at risk.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHERMIA:
Besides shivering, signs of hypothermia include:
Because symptoms come on gradually and cause confused thinking, a person with hypothermia may not even be aware they are in danger.
If you suspect someone has hypothermia, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If possible, bring him/her inside, remove wet clothing, and cover him/her with layers of blankets.
COLD COMFORT TIPS
Whether you’re fighting the elements and shoveling the driveway, or heading out to the ski slopes, here are some tips for staying warm and healthy.
Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., makers of Topricin, says, “It’s been a particularly rough winter all over the country, so it’s important for everyone to be aware there are ways to protect their body and enjoy the season without incident or injury.”
Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Rhinebeck, NY, Topical BioMedics, Inc., is the research and development leader in topical regulated natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and in spring of 2009 was awarded a patent for the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia.
All Topricin are FDA-regulated over-the-counter medicines. Doctors and pharmacists can find out more about Topricin in the 2010 edition of the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR). The Topical BioMedics’ family of products includes Topricin original, Topricin Foot Therapy, and Topricin Junior for children, which was awarded a Parent Tested/Parent Approved (PTPA™) Seal of Approval in November 2010.
Topricin products bring a soothing combination of homeopathic biomedicines to rapidly relieve pain and help the body heal the damage that is causing pain. The odorless, greaseless formulas are free of paraben’s, petroleum, and other harsh chemical irritants, have no known side effects, will not interfere with any other medications, and can help reduce or eliminate the need/dependency for all classifications of oral pain medications.
For additional information, visit http://www.topricin.com.