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Can You Die From Frostbite If You Dont Get An Amputation
Yes: Cold exposure that's severe enough to cause frostbite can also cause hypothermia. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs don't work correctly. Left untreated, hypothermia eventually leads to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to death. ...Read more
For hypothermia and frostbite, when do they amputate your limbs and how long does it take for them to know?
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 as it is not infected, the injury can be treated supportively until the determination is made. If infection occurs, then the issue becomes more critical. ...Read more
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 kidney and vascular disease which might get worse and lead to death. Also, amputations are often preceded by terrible infections, which could overwhelm the body, particularly one that's been damaged by the complications of diabetes. ...Read more
Unlikely: At or below 32 °f, blood vessels close to the skin constrict. Prolonged lack of blood eventually leads to freezing and death of skin. "frostnip" or first degree frostbite only affects the surface of the skin. If freezing continues, second degree frostbite can occur. However, it is unlikely that one would continue holding a popsicle long enough for any real damage to occur. (one would hope!). ...Read more
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 out for some time without worrying. ...Read more
Many Reasons: Gangrene is just one of the many reasons amputations might be warranted. Other inidications are peripheral vascular disease that is resulting in poor limb perfusion (and ultimately gangrene). Infection to the bones or rapid progression of skin infection resulting in loss of the soft tissues. Trauma. Even a few nerve disorders can result in need for limb amputation. ...Read more
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) . ...Read more
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 bones. If they cut above where the extremity was bleeding from they can stop the bleeding by tying the arteries up. In a traumatic leg injury, bleeding can not be stopped in one place because of injury to the tissues and arteries themselves. ...Read more
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 down oxygen to the skin cells, which then get even colder and then probably freeze and if not that get pretty darned dysfunctional.The first part is usually called "frost nip" which can then quickly turn into frost bite,often if it's so cold you're numb ...Read more
No: I don't believe any ethical surgeon would amputate without medical reason. Why would you? ...Read more
Frostbite=freezing: Frostbite is a real risk whenever people spend time outdoors in freezing temperatures. It occurs when tissue of the body freezes. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure... If you are going to be spending time outdoors in severe weather make sure you are dressed appropriately. If you aren't sure, head to your nearest outdoors store and speak with a knowledgable outdoorsman. ...Read more
Frostbite will: Either "get better" or the tissue will die. However the time frame for tissue to "declare itself" is longer thatn most think ( weeks not days) so early debridement or amputation for figer tips and toes is to bre avoided unless there is a surgicla need to treat infection. There are several grades of frostbite depending upon the severity of exposure. The more severe does worse. (see the image). ...Read more
Difficult question: It depends on whether it is wet or dry cold, what the outside temperature is and what part of the body is exposed. Mostly frostbite occurs on the hands or feet. The colder the outside temperature the more rapid the onset. Also relates to the type of protective clothing. It can be just a few minutes or longer of exposure. ...Read more
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Possible: With prolonged exposure to cold the circulation in the fingers decreases, and tissue may actually freeze if exposed long enough. Once you warm them up the circulation increases and the fingers can swell and even blister. Some swelling is usually not to bad, but if you get blisters, get seen for treatment. ...Read more
Various factors : General health, baseline circulation, smoking status, core temperature , improper or too tight clothing, nerve issues, metabolic issues, wind chill, wetness, use of beta blockers all affect the time frame. Most important if you are getting frostbite, and are not in a secure location avoid rewarming true frostbite and then refreezing again. Do not wash hands in hot water. Do not drink or smoke. ...Read more
Yes: By frostbite in your ears i assume that you mean of the helix and concha the external parts of the ear. It is a common area to develop frostbite if not well protected. Fortunately it is structure with excellent circulation so recovers well. Concern is the potential of exposure of the cartilage and infection. Seek further care. ...Read more
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