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Doctor insights on: Frost Bite On Face

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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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What will a doctor do if someone gets frostbite on their face?

What will a doctor do if someone gets frostbite on their face?

Facial Frostbite: First step is supportive. Keeping the area clean and observing are important to determining the extent of injury. Small areas may resolve, or heal on their own. Larger areas may require surgery to remove dead tissue and reconstruct the defect. The nose and ears are most commonly affected. ...Read more

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What is a frost bite ?

What is a frost bite ?

Frozen tissues: Put simply, frost bit is when a part of you freezes solid. As the water in the tissues freezes, it causes the tissues to dehydrate. The ice crystals also cause direct damage to the tissues themselves. The treatment is gentle thawing with more aggressive treatment (similar to burn care) for severe cases. In severe cases, the affected parts need to be amputated. ...Read more

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How do you take care of a frost bite?

How do you take care of a frost bite?

Frost bite: Slow, gentle, rewarming to prevent damage to the vessels and soft tissues. Check with your er or pcp. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from frost bite?

How long does it take to recover from frost bite?

Information: Depends on the severity of the frostbite. First degree about three weeks, second degree about three to six weeks. Third degree can be up to three to six months with or without surgery.. Fourth degree usually requires some kind of surgery and can take very long time, several years, to fully recover. ...Read more

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What could I do to determine if i incurred frost bite?

Frostbite is like : A burn but in this case is caused by cold not heat. Tissue damage maybe superficial associate with a stinging sensation and pain and redness or deep and associated with loss of full thickness tissue or even a fingertip or part of the body. Is important that for severe frostbite one gets medical support with hydration pain medication and the proper amount of gentle warming. If someone were past that point and have a bruised black and blue booking area of blistering on the skin caused by cold well that probably is frostbite the thing to do is that observation waiting to see what tissues are demarcating rather than early debridement is preferable. ...Read more

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What to do if I have black frost bite on the bottom of my feet.?

What to do if I have black frost bite on the bottom of my feet.?

Black = Dead: When frostbite turns black the skin has died. When dry this is termed dry gangrene. This puts you at increased risk for infection (wet gangrene) and even death. You should seek medical care now. ...Read more

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My right thumb is hurting at the tip like its frost bite but its not...It kinda feel like as if i broke a nail way down , but i havent?

My right thumb is hurting at the tip like its frost bite but its not...It kinda feel like as if i broke a nail way down , but i havent?

Nerve circulation: Issue with nerves and circulation can feel this way. So can small burns, bruises and swollen areas as can simple bruises and pinched tissue. Early nerve and circulation issues are the most common in the absence of redness swelling and trauma. ...Read more

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During induced hypothermia with ice packs for patients like with MI, how do they not suffer from frost bite due to the direct cold on their skin?

Not cold enough: and not left in contact long enough. Anyway, frostbite is preferable to the alternative when this therapy is considered necessary! ...Read more

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Its harsh winter here in kashmir and I have got severe frost bite over my toes. They are swelled & got red. Itchy & peeled off skin while scrubbing.

Its harsh winter here in kashmir and I have got severe frost bite over my toes. They are swelled & got red.  Itchy & peeled off skin while scrubbing.

Don't scrub!: Most important is to do your best to not get another cold injury to toes, or will be severe (=possible amputation). Keep them clean and dry, padding (/gauze) between toes with change whenever it gets wet or dirty. Keep warm ; good luck! ...Read more

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If you've been outside in the cold for a while and your hands are numb/ or burning and bright red and freezing to the touch does it mean frost bite?

Yes: In frostbite skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. You can treat very mild frostbite with first-aid measures, including rewarming your skin. All other frostbite requires medical attention because it can damage skin, tissues, muscle and bones. ...Read more

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Does frostbite heal?

Depends: Just like there are different degrees of burns, so too there are different degrees of frostbite. The worst typre results in dry gangrene. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have frostbite?

See below: Pain, burning, change in skin color, peeling of skin. Can depend on degree of frostbite. See a doctor if concerned ...Read more

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What do you recommend for frostbite?

What do you recommend for frostbite?

Rewarming: Initial treatment of frostbite includes rapid rewarming of the affected area. This can be achieved with soaks in warm water. I would recommend immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more