Stay warm and prevent hypothermia

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It's important to bundle up when you head outside to avoid frostbite and hypothermia, but there are other things to consider as well.

When your overall body temperature drops too much, you see some symptoms like shivering, drowsiness, and confusion.

For those who don't have a place to live there is an increased possibility of getting hypothermia. Substance abuse also drops a person's body temperature which does not help if someone is outside as well.

There are also plenty of other factors that can contribute.

"Our elderly patients may not have adequate heat available in their apartments or their homes that can lead to hypothermia. Those with chronic medical conditions especially diabetes, kidney problems, are also more susceptible to a temperature drop," says Dr. Patrick Tibbles with Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Frostbite is also a symptom of hypothermia so it's important to use gloves or mittens to stay warm.