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Is there something that i could do to help my skin recover after frostbite?

Is there something that i could  do to help my skin recover after frostbite?

Clean and dry: Small areas of frostbite are considered to "auto amputate" meaning the dead portion of skin will fall off when healing has occurred beneath it. If the area starts to weep or develops an odor, you need a consultation immediately. If you're asking about long-term, there will be permanent changes in the sensitivity and vulnerability of the skin. ...Read more

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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 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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Help doctors! what're the visual distinctions between thermal burns and frostbite?

Help doctors! what're the visual distinctions between thermal burns and frostbite?

Actually similar: Thermal (hot or cold) injuries often appear the same. Both result in initial vasodilation turning the sites bright pink-red after exposures. The full effects vary with location and severity of exposure. Thermal ranges from surface (1st degree) to much deeper damages. Cold eventually will go from frostbite to actual freezing, leading to loss of circulation and gangrene with loss of tissues. ...Read more

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Do I have frostbite, frostnip, or wind burn. Please help? After 18 hours, i got a thin layer of dry skin pealing, but no redness or loss of sensitivit

Do I have frostbite, frostnip, or wind burn. Please help? After 18 hours, i got a thin layer of dry skin pealing, but no redness or loss of sensitivit

Superficial: It sounds superficial, as you would expect from a sunburn. This can occur due to winter temperatures as well. It is generally self limited and requires no treatment. If it does start to hurt, aloe vera or a similar product would help. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help speed up recovery of frostbite on the hands?

Can acupuncture help speed up recovery of frostbite on the hands?

Yes: There is a fair amount in literature regarding use of acupuncture to reduce pain associated with peripheral nerve damage due to frostbite. It can also be used to help prevent nerve damage. It can reduce stasis of blood flow in effected tissue. ...Read more

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Why do you need to go to a hospital for 1st degree frostbite if you don't for a first degree heat burn and frostbite is essentially a cold burn?

Why do you need to go to a hospital for 1st degree frostbite if you don't for a first degree heat burn and frostbite is essentially a cold burn?

You don't: Necessarily need to go to the hospital for first degree frost bite, "frost nip" It is the mildest form, most superficial, involving just the epidermis. I think a hospital visit is warranted if large body surface areas are involved, or if you aren't sure how severe it is. Telling the degree of cold injury can be hard to tell. BTW ,extensive first degree heat burns should be seen by a doctor also. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is frostbite?

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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Does frostbite permanently discolor the skin?

Does frostbite permanently discolor the skin?

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 more

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