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How To Prevent Frostbite
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Watch and wait: It is very difficult to estimate the amount of tissue that will necrose (die) as a result of frostbite. Conservative treatment with gentle rewarming and observation is typically recommended. Removal of dead tissue is performed only when it has fully demarcated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Usually w prolonged exposure.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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