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Can cold exposure be prevented?

Cold damage is usually preventable through sensible precautions, such as planning ahead for excursions and other exposure to cold environments. Pack and use appropriate cold-weather clothes and gear, wear a lifejacket near cold water, change clothes immediately if they get wet, regulate physical exertion to avoid exhaustion and fatigue, and avoid alcohol and/or recreational drugs in extreme conditions.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 17 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Traveler's diarrhea


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