As temperatures drop and even colder wind chills set in, doctors say the best way to avoid ending up in the emergency room this winter is to take precautions.
"Folks sometimes lose sight of the big picture -- that Mother Nature can really hurt you if you?re not prepared for it," said Jay MacNeal, EMS medical director at Mercy Hospital.
MacNeal said he sees cases every winter in the emergency room where people underestimate the cold.
"We have had several cases in the past few weeks where we have found people outside and they have succumbed to frostbite and other diseases, and they are difficult diseases to treat, so the best disease treatment is prevention," MacNeal said.
It's a lesson Lindsay Olig learned the hard way.
Last January, Olig was modeling for a photo shoot outside with 17 below zero wind chills. She was wearing a dress and open-toed shoes, and in just a few minutes her feet went numb.