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How To Treat Frostbite Quickly
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My uncle had bad frostbite on his leg. Because it took so long to be treated, they say it might turn into gangrene. How long would it take to turn?
Fairly fast: Look for hard spots or dark areas. Usually at the very ends of the extremities like at the tip of the toes. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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