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COLD WEATHER HEALTH RISKS
TRENCH FOOT


Trench foot is injury to the tissues of the foot, from prolonged exposure of feet to cold, wet
conditions.  Freezing temperature is not a prerequisite if feet remain wet for extended periods


Symptoms

· Numbness · Tingling pain with itching · Burning pain · Itching · Swelling · Initial color change to
pale and mottled · Final color change to dark purple, gray, or blue · Sometimes blisters


Prevention

1.  Keep your body, feet and legs dry and warm (waterproof footwear)
2.  Dry wet feet as soon as possible, warm with hands, apply foot powder, put on dry socks
3.  The whole body, not just the feet, needs to be kept warm
4.  If Wet boots or socks unavoidable, continually exercise legs, feet and toes
(never wear tight
  boots)


First Aid Care

1.  Handle feet gently, should not be rubbed or massaged
2.  Cleanse with soap and water
3.  Dry feet as soon as possible, warm with hands, apply foot powder, put on dry sock
4.  Elevate feet slightly
5.  Stay With The Victim until medical help arrives
6.  Seek professional medical assistance as soon as possible
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