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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristin Cox
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Frostbite (Definition)

-exposure 2 cold & is graded just like a burn. 1'st degree is like a sunburn, 2'nd= with blistering, & 3'rd= full thickness with loss of viability of the skin. These R the most serious, & may need debridement & skin grafts. Best 2 dress in protective clothing. This includes the ears &nose, as these R very susceptible, along with fingers & toes. If traveling by car in severe ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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!). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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