Protection from Cold Weather Print
Written by Dr. Niru Prasad   

Protection from Cold Weather

When temperatures drop and snow falls, we all can use some good tips on protecting ourselves and our family from the cold. Niru Prasad, MD, on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Community Healthcare System has these suggestions:

Dress in light, loose, layered clothing. Air is a good insulator, so loose layers will keep you warmer than tight fitting, bulky garments.

Avoid alcohol. It constricts blood vessels and makes it harder for blood to circulate, depressing brain activity.

Know the medications you are taking and their side effects. If you are taking medication for high blood pressure or a thyroid condition, ask your doctor about using these drugs during extreme cold weather. The dosages may need adjustment.

Eat well-balanced meals and carry extra food supplies and extra blankets if you are planning long car trips.