People who develop hypothermia because of exposure to cold weather or cold water are also vulnerable to other cold-related injuries, including:

  • Frostbite, or freezing of body tissues
  • Gangrene, decay and death of tissue resulting from an interruption in blood flow (possible complication of frostbite)
  • Chilblains, damage to nerves and small blood vessels, usually in the hands or feet after prolonged exposure to above-freezing, cold temperatures
  • Trench foot (immersion foot), damage to nerves and small blood vessels due to prolonged immersion in water
Jun. 08, 2011