MADISON, Wis. – UW Health is reporting eight cold sores during a cold snap that has reached minimum temperatures dangerous for life.
Hospital officials reported having treated seven cases of freezing since midnight on Wednesday.
The hospital also treated a person with an injury caused by trying to freeze boiling water.
Wisconsin is subject to a Wind Chill warning from Wednesday to noon on Thursday, which increases the likelihood of freezing.
The gelatinous skin becomes red and swollen. It looks like it's burning and you could develop blisters. It happens when your body's survival mechanism kicks off during the extremely cold weather, cutting the circulation at your extremities, like your feet, hands and nose.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, or if your skin turns blue or gray, or feels harsh and numb below the surface, go to the hospital.
Following are the freezing indicators, according to weather.gov:
- First degree: Ice crystals are forming on your skin.
- Second degree: The skin starts to feel warm even if it has not yet thawed.
- Third grade: The skin becomes red, pale or white.
- Fourth grade: The pain lasts for more than a few hours and the skin may develop dark blue or black. See a doctor immediately.
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