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Dr. Alan Zaccaria
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Cold Weather Injuries (Overview)

These are injuries that occur when either the body or a specific body part is subjected to temperatures that are below the minimum the body requires for normal cellular activity. As the tissues are cooled to lower and lower temperatures, normal metabolic activity is impeded. The resulting conditions can lead to hypothermia, freezing of skin and tissue fluids and eventually death.


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What sort of disease is a cold weather injury?

What sort of disease is a cold weather injury?

Frostbite injury: Cold weather injury is most likely known as frostbrite. It can effect any part of the body but most commonly effects extremities. Treatment is directed at gentle (not rapid) rewarming of the effected part. Observation is subsequently monitored. Pathophysiology involves vascular occlusion and necrosis. Once tissues have demarcated, debridement and reeconstruction is instituted. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Zaccaria
59 Doctors shared insights

Cold Weather Injuries (Overview)

These are injuries that occur when either the body or a specific body part is subjected to temperatures that are below the minimum the body requires for normal cellular activity. As the tissues are cooled to lower and lower temperatures, normal metabolic activity is impeded. The resulting conditions can lead to hypothermia, freezing of skin and tissue fluids and eventually death.


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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Consume foods and beverages that are high in Vitamin C
Daily
Boost your immunity by taking a multivitamin in the proper dose
Daily
Drink plenty of fluids
Daily
Get at least eight hours of sleep every night
Daily
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What sort of disease is a cold weather injury?

Frostbite injury: Cold weather injury is most likely known as frostbrite. It can effect any part of the body but most commonly effects extremities. Treatment is directed at gentle (not rapid) rewarming of the effected part. Observation is subsequently monitored. Pathophysiology involves vascular occlusion and necrosis. Once tissues have demarcated, debridement and reeconstruction is instituted. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cold weather injuries?

What is the definition or description of: Cold weather injuries?

Not too cool.: These are injuries that occur when either the body or a specific body part is subjected to temperatures that are below the minimum the body requires for normal cellular activity. As the tissues are cooled to lower and lower temperatures, normal metabolic activity is impeded. The resulting conditions can lead to hypothermia, freezing of skin and tissue fluids and eventually death. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do not rub your eye
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Why does the cold weather actually cause pain after suffering an ACL injury?

Why does the cold weather actually cause pain after suffering an ACL injury?

Yes: Cold weather increase pain locally due to the constriction of regional vasa of circulation due to cold, preventin the aresa to receive many substances (likeendorphins) with opioid-like effect, relieving pain. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
Once
See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
Once
Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
Once
Ice the area, if you can
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I'm getting chest pain when I'm breathing air in cold weather, feels like I can't breath & I'm passing out for sometime, treating left shoulder injury?

I'm getting chest pain when I'm breathing air in cold weather, feels like I can't breath & I'm passing out for sometime, treating left shoulder injury?

Worrisome symptoms: Your symptoms are worrisome. They may be due to either a heart or a lung condition, and require urgent evaluation. Asthma or spasm in the airways in response to cold weather is common, and is easily diagnosed and treated. Passing out requires cardiac, and even neurological evaluation to be completely investigated. While most cases of passing out are not due to a serious illness, some are. See MD! ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
Monthly
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How can I train in cold weather?

Dress appropriately: There is an extraordinary amount of new high technology clothing to allow you to keep warm in cold weather. These include multi-layered and very thin high performance undergarments and other non-bulky and moisture controlling outerwear. Any ski shop, outdoor shop or athletic or runners supply shop (particularly those in warm weather climates) can help you get equipped safely. ...Read more

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Treating Cold Sores (Checklist)

See a dentist for a prescription as soon as it tingles
Once
Ask your dentist to use a diode laser to help the cold sore heal faster
Once
Don't touch it, kiss someone, or share eating utensils
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Can you get a cold from too much cold weather?

Can you get a cold from too much cold weather?

Indirectly: The cold weather will not actually cause you to get sick, but your body has to use extra energy to try to keep you warm. Because of this your body has less resources to fight off germs and viruses which increases your risk of getting sick. ...Read more

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It usually only happens when I am in cold weather.?

It usually only happens when I am in cold weather.?

See a doctor: You may have an underactive Thyroid gland that accounts for the weight gain. The foot swelling in cold weather could be related or not related at all. Could also be due to circulation. Tighter socks, less active. Could be due to arthritis condition as well.
See a doctor for check up and labs. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to get mindgrains because of the cold weather?

Is it possible for a person to get mindgrains because of the cold weather?

Migraines: I believe you mean migraines. There are many triggers that set of migraines, however ensure have this diagnosis. Yes barometric pressure changes, foods, change length daylight (common with cluster migraines. Patients can predict about what month they will start. Many types migraines, some w/o headache since it is neurological condition generated in brain, being transmitted along tigeminal nerve. ...Read more

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Does cold weather cause colds?

Does cold weather cause colds?

Common cold.: Contrary to popular lore, going out in the cold, with or without a wet head, will not give you a cold. As the colder weather settles upon us, viruses and other infectious agents like influenza tend to pop up - these actually cause the infections. ...Read more

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Can cold weather make babies sick?

Can cold weather make babies sick?

No: Cold weather does not make you sick, but it may seem so as there always seems to be something going "around" in winter. The exception might be babies who have respiratory problems such as asthma, where breathing cold air might trigger an episode.
Also, breathing cold air makes your nose "runny" not because you are sick, but, the nose has to create moisture when the air is cold and dry. ...Read more

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Could cold weather give you headaches?

Could cold weather give you headaches?

Possibly: A National Headache Foundation study showed that 73% of people with significant headaches had them triggered by changes in barometric pressure or weather & 38% were triggered by extreme temperatures (hot or cold) ...Read more

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Does cold weather affect hypoglycemia?

Does cold weather affect hypoglycemia?

PROBABLY NOT: Hypoglycemia is overdiagnosed its symptoms are very similar to anxiety.Real hypoglycemia due to stomach surgery ang Insulin secreting tumors is uncommon and unrelated to cold weather. ...Read more

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Does cold weather makes yore skin fairer?

Does cold weather makes yore skin fairer?

No and yes: The temperature is not the issue, rather that there might be less exposure to UV rays which cause skin pigmentation to come forward - i.e. "tanning". ...Read more

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Can cold weather cause a cold or get you sick?

Can cold weather cause a cold or get you sick?

No: The cold weather itself does not make you sick. What makes you sick is that cold weather drives people inside into closer contact with each other allowing for spread of germs and infections. Extremes of temperature can lower the immune system, but for the most part, it's being around other people that makes us more likely to get sick. ...Read more

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What causes me to lose weight with cold weather?

What causes me to lose weight with cold weather?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Why are my palms flakey already with cold weather?

Why are my palms flakey already with cold weather?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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Any reasons why my my thighs hurt in this cold weather?

Any reasons why my my thighs hurt in this cold weather?

Well, ...: In cold weather, our blood vessels will constrict and that can lead to increasing arthritis symptoms with lack of the normal blood flow, etc. Muscles are more likely to ache in the cold weather for similar reasons. Stay warm and well "insulated" with the proper weather attire clothing, and hopefully your issues will improve. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more