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How long does the numbness from frostbite last?

How long does the numbness from frostbite last?

Can be permanent: Another form of cold thermal injury known as chillblains can also result in permanent nerve injury. ...Read more

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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How long does it take frostbite to turn black?

2-3 days after: The initial thermal cold injury is when tissues can be black. Still even seemingly damaged tissues may survive. Tissue survival is a main difference between a medium deep frostbite and a severe frostbite. But both can be black after a few days. This is why most doctors will tell you to let the tissue "demarcate" before doing anything. The tissue is watched as healing takes place. ...Read more

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How long does frostbite take to heal completely?

Can take a long time: Frostbite injuries can heal very slowly. Often the final amount of tissue lost is less that one would predict initially. The general rule is: "injured in january, operated on in july.". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long would it take for dry ice to cause frostbite?

Varies on severity: Of compromise of the blood supply. Individuals with vaso-occlusive disease such as diabetes may be prone to more extensive disease and complications. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ice contact to cause frostbite?

Depends on size/area: Frostbite occurs when the cold injury causes the tissue to die from cold exposure or the vascular supply to thrombose. Typically extremities are more vulnerable such as the tips of fingers or nose. Larger areas with better blood supply may be able to tolerate cold exposure for longer periods due to their ability to be closer in proximity to the core and maintain circulation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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