NORWALK - Local doctors are urging residents to protect themselves against frostnip and frostbite during the frigid temperatures.

Health officials say frostnip, a tingling, painful, numb-like feeling in extremities like the nose or fingers can creep up quickly.

On extremely cold days, it could take only minutes for exposed skin to start to freeze.

Dr. Doodnauth Hiraman from St. Vincent's says that anyone experiencing signs of frostnip or frostbite should place the affected area in a bowl of warm water. If feeling does not return, medical attention will be needed.