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Preventing frostbite as temperatures drop

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The sun it out but the cold of winter is setting in with temperatures well below freezing Tuesday morning.

Those with little protection and over-exposed to extreme cold run the risk of frostbite.

Experts say redness, tingling and numbness can all be easily treated. Just take a warm shower or bath, or drink a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

But avoid hot water or a hot radiator - to avoid the risk of more damage.

"You have the potential to burn yourself because one of the signs of frostbite is numbness. So if you can't tell how warm something is, then you can burn yourself with it," Dr. Steve Marko, Yale-New Haven Hospital said.

With more cold weather on the way, limit the time your bare skin is exposed to the cold weather.