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I think I got frostbite. Is my toe going to get cut off?

I think I got frostbite. Is my toe going to get cut off?

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 more

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Dr. Kristin Cox
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Frostbite (Definition)

Frostbite is a condition of skin freezing may lead to itching, pain, color changes, blistering, and even ...Read more


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I experience numbness and tingling pain in my toes when my feet get cold (had untreated frostbite 40 years ago. Is there anything i can do for this?

I experience numbness and tingling pain in my toes when my feet get cold (had untreated frostbite 40 years ago.  Is there anything i can do for this?

You may speak to : Your pcp regarding calcium channel blockers or topical nitropaste or possibly even viagra ( seriously ) or another long acting nitrate. Avoid caffeine, smoking and get some warm socks ( seriously) make sure you do not also have new onset of diabetes and peripheral neuropathy due to that or another issues such as thyroid disease or some neurological issue you are blaming it all on frostbite. ...Read more

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I think I got frostbite 3 months ago on my big toe. I thought I brused my toe. Now that it's been 3 months is there anything I should do?

I think I got frostbite 3 months ago on my big toe. I thought I brused my toe. Now that it's been 3 months is there anything I should do?

Current symptoms?: What are your current symptoms? Do you have feeling in your toe? How big is the area you are concerned about? I will need more information to address your question. :-) ...Read more

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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?

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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I had frostbite last winter on my toe. This year as soon as it got cold I got a black spot on my toe that hurts when my foot gets cold?

I had frostbite last winter on my toe. This year as soon as it got cold I got a black spot on my toe that hurts when my foot gets cold?

Damage: You have some residual damage to the micro-circulation to the toe. I hope is goes away when you are able to get it warmed up. If the dark spot persists you should see your provider. ...Read more

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I think i may have frostbite on my feet they've been numb for two day especially my toes not noticing much discoloration but some swelling?

Wound care: Protect your toes and keep them warm and watch them for signs of tissue death or infection. Gently cleansing with a mild soap twice adam with gentle ambulatory and elevation while at rest are advised for 7-10 days while you monitor the status of tissue viability. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have gotten frostbite on the soles of my feet and soles of my toes.?

See a Podiatrist: If you have frostbite it is important to seek treatment right away. There are other types of cold injury that are less severe than frostbite, such as frostnip and chillblains, which can heal without treatment. But frostbite needs treatment and there is risk of tissue loss and infection if treatment is delayed. ...Read more

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I was running through 5 feet of snow 4 daya ago for about 15 minutes. The tips of my toes are still tingling, do I have frostbite and what should I do?

I was running through 5 feet of snow 4 daya ago for about 15 minutes. The tips of my toes are still tingling, do I have frostbite and what should I do?

It's possible.: At four days, more severe forms of frostbite are usually painful and may have blistering of the skin. As long as the toes are pink and don't have blisters you should recover; however, get checked by your primary doctor to be sure that this isn't the first signs of something else going on. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more