Blustery winds, snow banks and icy paths don’t always make for pleasant trips outdoors to run
errands, participate in winter sports or shovel. And, although there isn’t anything we can do to change the outdoor temperatures, we can be sure to dress appropriately when outside to avoid getting too cold or suffering from frostbite. Ernest Wang, MD, Emergency Department physician at NorthShore, tells us how to stay warm in the frigid outdoors and how to recognize the signs of frostbite if you've been
outside too long:
How do you stay warm when temperatures take a dive?
Winter has arrived--with a venegence. Shovels and snow plows are out of storage for the season, and there's probably a layer
of frost covering the windows. Winter can be quite beautiful from the safety of your home, but it can be dangerous as soon as you step out the front door, from an increased risk of frostbite and slip-and-fall injuries to impaired road conditions.
With proper preparation and attentiveness to potential hazardous seasonal conditions, many of the risks of winter can be greatly reduced or avoided altogether.
Timothy Sanborn, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, offers the following winter safety tips:
How do you prepare for winter weather?
As the days get shorter and the temperatures continue to drop during winter, some people experience depression-like symptoms. Dr. Robert Farra, Director of Solutions for Depression and Anxiety at NorthShore, shines some light on commonly
asked questions relating to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Q: What is seasonal affective disorder?
Q: What are the symptoms of SAD?
Q: How many people are affected?
Q: Why do many people experience depression before the holidays?
Q: How can people combat seasonal depression? Any concrete tips?
Are you affected by the change of the season? What do you do to stay active even with less sunshine?