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BECKLEY (WVVA) – With another round of winter weather on the way your health and could be at risk. 

Dr. Ronald Rejzer, Chief Medical Officer at Raleigh General Hospital, warns that they see many cases of hypothermia and frost bite as temperatures plunge.

People experience hypothermia when their body temperatures dip below normal.  Symptoms may include confusion or odd behavior.  More serious cases can lead to a change in metabolism or even death.

"Patients at highest risk for hypothermia are generally the elderly, the chronically ill, infants and those exposed to the elements, such as hikers, hunters, workers and the outdoors.  Additionally those people are exposed to frost bite," says Dr. Rejzer.   

Frost bite occurs when parts of the body freeze or crystallize.  To avoid frost bite and hypothermia, Dr. Rejzer says to wear warm layers, especially on your hands, feet and head.

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