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What is the treatment for frostbite that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for frostbite that is best and has fewest side effects?

Rewarming: Frostbite is, quite simply, frozen tissues. Depending on how severe the frostbite (i.e. How deep the freeze goes), the treatment can range from simply rewarming to in-patient treatment similar to burns to amputations and long recovery times. If you have frostbite, you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristin Cox
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Frostbite (Definition)

-exposure 2 cold & is graded just like a burn. 1'st degree is like a sunburn, 2'nd= with blistering, & 3'rd= full thickness with loss of viability of the skin. These R the most serious, & may need debridement & skin grafts. Best 2 dress in protective clothing. This includes the ears &nose, as these R very susceptible, along with fingers & toes. If traveling by car in severe ...Read more


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What home treatment can be done for a mild degree of frostbite? Lukewarm bath?

What home treatment can be done for a mild degree of frostbite? Lukewarm bath?

Yes: Gradual warming with water 104 to 107 degrees farenheit with no direct heat source exposure as part can be numb and get burned. Also recommend Motrin or NSAID to control inflammatory intermediates that can produce more damage. ...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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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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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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: Frostbite?

What is the definition or description of: Frostbite?

Frost bite is-: -exposure 2 cold & is graded just like a burn. 1'st degree is like a sunburn, 2'nd= with blistering, & 3'rd= full thickness with loss of viability of the skin. These R the most serious, & may need debridement & skin grafts. Best 2 dress in protective clothing. This includes the ears &nose, as these R very susceptible, along with fingers & toes. If traveling by car in severe weather pack good prtct ...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