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Cold wave: IMD issues a health warning and suggests action in case of prolonged exposure


The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that northern India will witness a severe cold snap along with heavy fog from Tuesday. The forecast comes at a time when several places in the region, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, are seeing minimum temperatures below the five-degree Celsius mark.

Although mercury rose slightly in Delhi due to a western disturbance, the department said the relief will be short-lived as cold and dry winds from the north and northwest of the western Himalayas are likely to lower the minimum temperature in the north of the India from three to five. Celsius degrees.

The IMD has issued a health warning and has suggested actions to minimize the impact of the severe cold.

According to the meteorological department, the probability of contracting illnesses such as the flu, a runny nose or a nosebleed will increase with prolonged exposure to the cold. In addition, he said that in case the body starts to shake, it is not something to be ignored and the affected person should immediately go inside.

“Frostbite can occur due to prolonged exposure to cold. The skin becomes pale, hard, and numb, and eventually black blisters appear on exposed parts of the body, such as the fingers, toes, nose, or earlobes. Severe frostbite needs immediate medical attention and treatment, ”the IMD said in its health advisory.

And in case a person is exposed to a severe cold, these are the actions suggested by the IMD:

• Moisturize your skin regularly with oil / cream

• Eat fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and drink enough fluids, preferably warm fluids to maintain adequate immunity

• Don’t drink alcohol, it reduces your body temperature

• Avoid or limit outdoor activities

• Keep dry, if you are wet, change clothes immediately to avoid loss of body heat. Wear insulated / waterproof shoes

• Slowly warm the affected area of ​​the body with warm water; do not rub the skin vigorously

• If the affected skin area turns black, immediately consult a doctor

• Maintain ventilation while using heaters to avoid inhaling toxic fumes.

• Take safety measures when using electric and gas heating devices

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