Everything about cold water swimming (part 4)

Hypothermia

Side effects of hypothermia include: 

  • Shuddering 
  • Blue lips 
  • Chilly, pale skin
  • Confusion
  • Tiredness 
  • Slurred speech
  • Fast breathing

To treat hypothermia, it’s critical to heat up, yet not very rapidly. Take off any wet outfits (for instance, your swimwear and wetsuit), get dried and dressed fast, and envelop with covers. You ought to likewise have a warm drink and eat a sugary bite. On the off chance that manifestations don’t improve, it’s significant that somebody calls the urgent hospital number. 

Coldwater shock

It is a short-term involuntary response of your body to getting immersed in cold water. You see, it causes the veins in the skin to close and your heart to start to work far harder. It likewise delivers the ‘gasp’ reaction and quick breathing. 

Have peace of mind, cold water shock keep going for around 90 seconds. The ideal approach to maintain a strategic distance from cold water shock should be to take it gradually when you enter the water. Do not immerse yourself by dunking straight or bouncing in under the water.

Chilblains

You won’t get chilblains from swimming in cold temperatures – however, they may show up in the event that you warm up again too rapidly. These little red knocks on your skin (which regularly show up on furthest points, for example, fingers and toes after the presentation to cold temperatures) are not generally genuine. However, they can be irritated and awkward. 

To dodge them, ensure you don’t heat up too quickly after your cool water swim, for instance, by putting your hands onto a radiator. In the event that you do create chilblains, they are probably not going to require treatment and ought to vanish all alone – do whatever it takes not to tingle or disturb them! 

Drowning

Tragically there is always a danger of drowning whenever you enter the water.