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How to treat nose frostbite?

How to treat nose frostbite?

Conservative: Allow tissues to heal without debridement unless an infection should develop. Keep clean and use antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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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Hoe do you treat frostbite from the salt and ice challenge?

Hoe do you treat frostbite from the salt and ice challenge?

Frostbite is treated: Based upon its severity, much like a burn frostbite can involve just the superficial layers of tissue, or go deeper. Odds are if you did the salt and ice challenge you do not have a full thickness injury of a finger but a skin injury. Still the essential rules are to avoid repaid rewarming, avoid refreezing and get to a doctor for basic wound care. And don't try it again! ...Read more

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I think I have a mild case of frostbite but I'm not sure how to treat it! Please help?

I think I have a mild case of frostbite but I'm not sure how to treat it! Please help?

Warm them: Rapid rewarming in body temperature water (95-100 degree) is the best treatment. Do not rub them in the snow, or run them under cold water. This can be a painful process for true frostbite. Once the fingers are warm, they can still be sore. They may form blisters and swell. If you still have pain after warming the hands, get it checked out in the er. ...Read more

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How does a hospital treat frostbite?

How does a hospital treat frostbite?

Rewarming & observe: Frostbite injury is very conservative with gentle rewarming and observation. If necrotic tissue occurs removal is advised after the tissue has clearly demarcated. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat minor frostbite on my knee?

What can I do to treat minor frostbite on my knee?

Minor?: Not sure what minor means. If you have superficial frostbite, it is treated much the same a a sunburn or abrasion. Monitor for infection, and support the wound so it will heal. If you have blisters or a deeper injury, it would be best to see your doctor. Then, if things don't get better, you will have support at hand rather than having to go to the emergency room. Knee frostbite is not commonest. ...Read more

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I have frostbite from an ice pack. How can I treat it? My hip is very red, numb and swollen.

Observation: This may be reversible, so no treatment will be necessary. If blisters form, or if the reddness persists, you should be evaluated by your doctor. ...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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Can frostbite be cured?

Injury to be managed: Frostbite happens when the body part affected gets frozen. Your body has to heal up from the injury. If the frostbite is mild, prognosis is very good. If it is severe, you can sometimes lose the affected body part. Seek medical treatment asap, and educate yourself in frostbite prevention (not enough room here to go into details). ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get frostbite?

Frostbite=freezing: Frostbite is a real risk whenever people spend time outdoors in freezing temperatures. It occurs when tissue of the body freezes. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure... If you are going to be spending time outdoors in severe weather make sure you are dressed appropriately. If you aren't sure, head to your nearest outdoors store and speak with a knowledgable outdoorsman. ...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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How can I tell if I got frostbite?

Discoloration: Frostbite is usually painful when it occurs, and will leave the tips of fingers or toes black due to the dead skin. ...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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Does frostbite get better over time?

Frostbite will: Either "get better" or the tissue will die. However the time frame for tissue to "declare itself" is longer thatn most think (weeks not days) so early debridement or amputation for figer tips and toes is to bre avoided unless there is a surgicla need to treat infection. There are several grades of frostbite depending upon the severity of exposure. The more severe does worse. (see the image). ...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

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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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What are the signs of having frostbite?

Depends on severity: Frostbite requires observation because it can be extremely difficult to determine the extent of the injury. Initially the injury can produce profound vasoconstriction manifested by a pale appearance to the extremity with return of circulation the area may become excessively engorged and have a red or even purple appearance. If the vascular supply is permanently compromised the area can turn grey. ...Read more