5 most common health effects of the extreme cold

The wind chills and sub zero temperatures hitting the area this week,  will be the coldest we've had all winter.

How does your body respond when old man winter decides to pack an extra punch of extreme cold to already frigid temperatures?

Doctors like Dr. Gregory Sobol of Beaumont have reasons why your body likely aches more in the frigid cold.

Barometric Pressure
  • It affects sinuses
  • It affects the back and  joints - joints expand causing pain.
Extreme cold 
  • Can affect ligaments and irritate arthritis.
In-door hypothermia
  • Despite not going outdoors, it happens to those not dressing warm enough inside or with medical conditions.
Sobol said he advises those with arthritis to run warm water over their joints.

Those affected by the extreme cold the most are children, elderly and those with medical conditions. 

Dr. Christopher Hutchinson of Beaumont said those at risk should limit their exposure outdoors and not venture out if they can help it. 

Also those who do go out, should take precautions by dressing warmly.

Doctors warn that even short-term exposure outside in extreme cold, can be dangerous.
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