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Does frostbite permanently discolor the skin?

Does frostbite permanently discolor the skin?

It may discolor skin: Frostbite, like burns, comes in degrees. A simple first degree may not have any lingering effect, but the deeper degrees can cause a permanent discoloration of the skin due to underlying tissue necrosis. Not only is the dermis damaged, but also the nerves around blood vessels may be damaged, meaning that the vessels do not respond to temperature changes normally and that can cause color changes. ...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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When does frostbite turn skin black?

When does frostbite turn skin black?

Frostbite: turns black for deeper more severe injuries. Mild frostbite may not show any change but feel different or numb. Redness or blistering represents more injury. Even Deeper frostbite runs black at least 48 hours after injury. It may blister first and then turn black. With a black area, debridement may be needed but often waiting 1-3 months unless infected is recommended to decide/ amputation needed ...Read more

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Why does frostbite make skin turn black?

Why does frostbite make skin turn black?

Black Skin: Extreme cold is directly toxic to the skin cells and the blood nourishing the cells. The skin dies and dead skin is black. ...Read more

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Is there something that i could do to help my skin recover after frostbite?

Is there something that i could  do to help my skin recover after frostbite?

Clean and dry: Small areas of frostbite are considered to "auto amputate" meaning the dead portion of skin will fall off when healing has occurred beneath it. If the area starts to weep or develops an odor, you need a consultation immediately. If you're asking about long-term, there will be permanent changes in the sensitivity and vulnerability of the skin. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Is it possible, if placed on the skin for a prolonged period of time, to get frostbite from snow?

Is it possible, if placed on the skin for a prolonged period of time, to get frostbite from snow?

Yes: Frostbite can occur w/ exposure to very cold temperatures( esp.W/ wind) and snow in as little as 3-5 minutes... Your question is somewhat confusing , however, w/ your reference to isolated snow exposure. See your physician immediately or go to er if you think you are suffering from frostbite ... ...Read more

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What are the usualy symptoms of frostbite on your exposed skin or hands?

What are the usualy symptoms of frostbite on your exposed skin or hands?

Itching, pain...: ...And then the skin develops white, red, and yellow patches and becomes numb. In more severe cases blisters develop 1–2 days later, then become hard and blackened (but usually appear worse than they are). If the area freezes further, deep frostbite occurs, causing damage to muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. That is a serious situation, sometimes resulting in loss of fingers or toes. ...Read more

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Can a cold gel pack cause frostbite and leave blisters on a child's skin?

Can a cold gel pack cause frostbite and leave blisters on a child's skin?

YES: Very cold ice packs can freeze the underlyng skin if left on too long. Most times 7-10 minutes is long enough to get the desired effect.( decrease the swelling). ...Read more