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can you die from frostbite if you dont get an amputation

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Cold exposure that's severe enough to cause frostbite can also cause hypothermia. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and oth ... Read More
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Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
It is possible.: If the frostbite site becomes severely infected there is a possibility of death if the infection becomes systemic.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Most definitely it can.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
14 years experience Podiatry
Yes: If the tissue damage is extensive enough, this can lead to amputation.
Dr. David Hettinger
36 years experience Podiatry
YES!: If the frostbite is severe enough to cause extensive tissue damage, then absolutely, yes. It is mostly soft tissue that gets frozen first because of ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Quite a while: Frostbite injuries are classically very slow to declare a correct amputation level. What initially seems to be non-salvageable can heal remarkably but ... Read More
Dr. Joseph Mele
32 years experience Plastic Surgery
Requires an exam: Mild frostbite heals well, even blistering can heal without disability. Severe frostbite usually takes days to demarkate, and sometimes weeks. As long ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Complicatiions: Sorry to hear this. By the time someone with diabetes comes to the point where an amputation is necessary, there are usually other complications like ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
27 years experience Palliative Care
No: If you held ice against your skin for a long period of time, it is possible to cause some local tissue damage to the area- but very difficult because ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Phillip Frist
46 years experience Dentistry
Exposure how long?: It is a factor of temperature and duration of exposure. 10 below 0 for a few minutes and you could be in trouble. If it is 28 degrees you could be o ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Most of the time: Amputations are done most likely for gangrene, but also there are other.Her are they:o circulatory disorders o neoplasm o trauma o deformities o ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Frostbite: More a function of exposure time. 1. Cold Skin ( fingers ,toes ,nose.ears ) followed by numbness ,Change in skin color to grey or blue) .
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
17 years experience Family Medicine
Amputations:: When a surgeon amputates a leg, he knows where all the anatomical structures are and is able to isolate all the large arteries, nerves, muscles, and b ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
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JackFrostNippin'Away: Well that's the common idea but actually it doesn't have to freeze, just get cold enough for long enough that the blood vessels constrict and shut dow ... Read More

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