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How Long Should Frostbite Last
-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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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