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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

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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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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?

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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When does frostbite turn skin black?

Frostbite: turns black for deeper more severe injuries. Mild frostbite may not show any change but feel different or numb. Redness or blistering represents more injury. Even Deeper frostbite runs black at least 48 hours after injury. It may blister first and then turn black. With a black area, debridement may be needed but often waiting 1-3 months unless infected is recommended to decide/ amputation needed ...Read more