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Can you die from frostbite if you don't get an amputation?

Can you die from frostbite if you don't 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.

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Dr. Kristin Cox
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Frostbite (Definition)

A condition that occurs upon exposure to cold and is graded just like a burn. First degree is like a sunburn while second degree sees blistering and third degree is full thickness with loss of viability of the skin. Frostbite can be serious so it is best to ...Read more


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For hypothermia and frostbite, when do they amputate your limbs and how long does it take for them to know?

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.

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Why would a type 1 diabetic at 50 die after amputation?

Why would a type 1 diabetic at 50 die after amputation?

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.

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Can you get frostbite from eating popsicles?

Can you get frostbite from eating popsicles?

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!).

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How cold would it have to be to get frostbite?

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.

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When does someone get an amputation done? Only if gangrene?

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.

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Can you tell me how amputation help save your life if you are bleeding to death?

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.

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Does your skin really have too reach a below freezing temperature in order to get frostbite?

Does your skin really have too reach a below freezing temperature in order to get frostbite?

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

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Can I get frostbites from hypothermia?

Can I get frostbites from hypothermia?

Yes: Frostbite is a cold burn that occurs due to exposure of your body to cold temperatures.

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Am I allowed to get 2 of my toes amputated voluntarily?

Am I allowed to get 2 of my toes amputated voluntarily?

No: I don't believe any ethical surgeon would amputate without medical reason. Why would you?

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Are old people more likely to die from leg amputations?

Are old people more likely to die from leg amputations?

Yes: Older people needing amputation often have numerous medical problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and coronary artery disease. These conditions put them at higher risk of death compared to younger, healthier people.

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Do a lot of people get frostbite?

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.

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Does frostbite get better over time?

Does frostbite get better over time?

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).

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Outside how long would it take to get frostbite?

Outside how long would it take to get frostbite?

Dose not take to: It can take minutes for a person to begin to see signs of frostbite on exposed skin. Frostbite can occur if the temperature is 20 degrees or below and winds blowing at speeds of 20 miles an hour or faster.

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How long do you have to be exposed to cold to get frostbite?

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.

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Amputation (Definition)

Amputation is the removal of a body part due to disease or trauma. Most commonly it involves one of the limbs ...Read more