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Protecting yourself in the cold

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Buffalo: Protecting yourself in the cold
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WESTERN NEW YORK -- No matter what you did Tuesday, chances are you were fighting to keep warm. Temperatures remained in the teens and single digits most of the day and the wind made it feel a lot colder.

Yes, this may be Buffalo and we may be used to it but doctors say the cold air can turn very dangerous within minutes.

Dr. Richard Charles of the Buffalo Medical Group said, "On exposed skin, hands and feet can be frostbitten within a few minutes. From a breathing perspective, some people will walk out into the cold and start coughing immediately."

Dr. Charles said it doesn't take long for hypothermia to set in. Some signs include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, slurred speech and drowsiness.

Dr. Charles said cold temperatures are especially dangerous with elderly and children, but everyone has to take precautions.

"Cover exposed skin, particularly the hands and face," Dr. Charles said. "If you have a respiratory problem, wear a scarf. Protect yourself the best that you can. If you are old or young it might be a good day to stay inside until the temperature warms a bit."

But if you can't stay inside Dr. Charles said it's best to dress in layers. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP