Surviving the Mitten State: How Not to Get Bitten By Frostbite

Temperatures have intermittently dipped just below freezing here in good old pure Michigan, and especially in Detroit, making it that much more important to bundle up.

When the body becomes cold, blood vessels, located at distal sites (those farthest from the center of the body), constrict and clamp down. This reaction is in an effort to decrease blood flow and heat loss distally, thereby increasing blood flow and warmth to vital core organs, such as the heart. Unfortunately, this leaves our fingers, nose, ears, and toes susceptible to frostbite!

Follow these helpful dermatology tips to stay warm and reduce the risk of frostbite this winter season. Happy #DermTipTuesday!


1. Dress in layers

The more layers the merrier, including on the feet. The first layer should be waterproof to protect the feet from snow or moisture that may enter the shoe or boot. The second layer should be intended to give added warmth and can then be removed once you reach your destination to avoid overheating. Nice cozy wool socks are not only warm, but make for great stocking stuffers.

2. Cover the head, face, and fingers