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Physicians Urge Caution as Temperatures Plunge

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With the subzero temperatures and wind advisories, physicians say it's dangerous to be outside.

Just gloves and a hat won't be enough to protect you from the conditions. War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie says you should cover your face, and even your eyes.

They say it's important to know the difference between frostnip and frostbite. When you have frostnip, you will feel a tingle but it will go away quickly. Frostbite will cause discoloration in the skin and will take much longer to warm the skin up.

Doctors say if you think you have frostbite, it's crucial to get into the emergency room quickly, it could save a limb.

They also say when enjoying winter sports, it's important to be outside in moderation. Go inside and warm up in between your activities.

9&10's Alyssa Gambla and photojournalist Erin Malone spoke to the hospital about how to prevent frostbite.