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Does frostbite heal?

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

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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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?

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

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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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How does extreme cold result in frostbite?

How does extreme cold result in frostbite?

Frostbite: Redness and swelling and pain., keep clean consider topical antibiotics and avoid repeat exposure to cold. Seek medical attention...See the picture frostbite is likea burn. And there are different degrees relative to th thickness of the injury. Cold causes ice crystals to form in tissue resulting in tissue damage and at times tissue death and loss. ...Read more

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Can you get frostbite from eating popsicles?

Unlikely: At or below 32 °f, blood vessels close to the skin constrict. Prolonged lack of blood eventually leads to freezing and death of skin. "frostnip" or first degree frostbite only affects the surface of the skin. If freezing continues, second degree frostbite can occur. However, it is unlikely that one would continue holding a popsicle long enough for any real damage to occur. (one would hope!). ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have frostbite?

Froset bite problem: It depend how involve in the frost and were, if it deep frost bite, if it is the foot, most likely not if it is minor frost bite I think you could? ...Read more

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How cold would it have to be to get frostbite?

Exposure how long?: It is a factor of temperature and duration of exposure. 10 below 0 for a few minutes and you could be in trouble. If it is 28 degrees you could be out for some time without worrying. ...Read more

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How long does it take frostbite to turn black?

2-3 days after: The initial thermal cold injury is when tissues can be black. Still even seemingly damaged tissues may survive. Tissue survival is a main difference between a medium deep frostbite and a severe frostbite. But both can be black after a few days. This is why most doctors will tell you to let the tissue "demarcate" before doing anything. The tissue is watched as healing takes place. ...Read more

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How long does frostbite take to heal completely?

Can take a long time: Frostbite injuries can heal very slowly. Often the final amount of tissue lost is less that one would predict initially. The general rule is: "injured in january, operated on in july.". ...Read more

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Outside how long would it take to get frostbite?

Outside how long would it take to get frostbite?

Dose not take to: It can take minutes for a person to begin to see signs of frostbite on exposed skin. Frostbite can occur if the temperature is 20 degrees or below and winds blowing at speeds of 20 miles an hour or faster. ...Read more

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How long does it take dry ice to cause frostbite?

How long does it take dry ice to cause frostbite?

It is possible: If we can not cure the infection and have dead tissue. ...Read more

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How long would it take for dry ice to 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. ...Read more

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Can frostbite spread when you've gotten out of the cold?

See below: The frost bite itself shouldn't spread; however, if there is underlying injury and it gets infected, that can spread. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ice contact to cause frostbite?

Depends on size/area: Frostbite occurs when the cold injury causes the tissue to die from cold exposure or the vascular supply to thrombose. Typically extremities are more vulnerable such as the tips of fingers or nose. Larger areas with better blood supply may be able to tolerate cold exposure for longer periods due to their ability to be closer in proximity to the core and maintain circulation. ...Read more

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How long do you have to be exposed to cold to get frostbite?

Difficult question: It depends on whether it is wet or dry cold, what the outside temperature is and what part of the body is exposed. Mostly frostbite occurs on the hands or feet. The colder the outside temperature the more rapid the onset. Also relates to the type of protective clothing. It can be just a few minutes or longer of exposure. ...Read more

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What's the difference between having frostnip and frostbite?

Bite worse than nip!: As the names imply, the only difference is severity of tissue exposure/damage, and the terminology is not precise. Both involve freezing of things that shouldn't be frozen. The degree of final scarring or tissue loss is proportional to the extent and severity of the freeze injury, not the term used to describe it! ...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