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Once in awhile my toes turn numb due to frostbite i got years ago. What can I do to prevent this?

Once in awhile my toes turn numb due to frostbite i got years ago. What can I do to prevent this?

Keep them warm!: Frostbite, even after recovery can leave permanent damage to the toes that last a lifetime. Prior frostbite increases your chances of your toes suffering from another cold injury episode. Keep them warm and dry as possible, especially when outdoors in the cold. When exposed, inspect your feet and toes and if very cold gently warm them. ...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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What sort of disorder is frostbite?

Ice Burn: Frostbite occurs due to extreme cold temperature such that the skin and possibly deeper tissues freeze, are damaged, and potentially die. If the tissues die, an open wound may be the result or possibly an amputation of the affected part (such as a finger or toe). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of frostbite?

What are the symptoms of frostbite?

Frostbite: Redness and swelling and pain. Get evaluated keep away from extreme temperature even heat, keep clean consider topical antibiotics and avoid repeat exposure to cold. Seek medical attention...See the picture frostbite is like a burn. And can have serious after effects if not treated properly. So beyond understanding that seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What to do if this is really frostbite?

What to do if this is really frostbite?

Frostbite: Redness and swelling and pain. Get evaluated keep away from extreme temperature even heat, keep clean consider topical antibiotics and avoid repeat exposure to cold. Seek medical attention...See the picture frostbite is like a burn. And can have serious aftereffects if not treated properly. So beyond understanding that seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How to know if this is really frostbite?

See below: If you have discoloration of the skin, numb, tingling feeling, lack of motion of the part involved. Have it checked out don't wait ...Read more

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I think that I may have frostbite. How would I know for sure?

I think that I may have frostbite. How would I know for sure?

Look for...: ...White, red, and yellow patches of skin that is 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 handling frozen foods cause frostbite?

Can handling frozen foods 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. However brief contact is unlikely to cause frostbite. ...Read more

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What are the signs of frostbite on your neck?

Compromised skin : Initially manifested by white or pale skin followed by possible redness with blistering. Gentle re-warming is usually indicated. ...Read more

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