Chicago hospitals see some patients with frostbite

CHICAGO (AP) — The dangerous cold blanketing Illinois is sending some people to emergency rooms with frostbite and other weather-related health problems.

Chicago emergency rooms reported treating patients Monday with weather-related asthma, heart problems and injuries from falls on ice.

Cook County's Stroger Hospital is caring for a 60-year-old homeless man with frostbite and other medical conditions. Another person with frostbite was treated at Northwestern Memorial's emergency department. And Rush University Medical Center also saw a frostbite case.

Emergency rooms aren't swamped in Chicago, possibly because the cold is deterring some people with minor complaints from venturing outside.

Frostbite starts with a tingling, numbness and aching. It can cause permanent damage and most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes.