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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 a cold gel pack cause frostbite and leave blisters on a child's skin?

Can a cold gel pack cause frostbite and leave blisters on a child's skin?

YES: Very cold ice packs can freeze the underlyng skin if left on too long. Most times 7-10 minutes is long enough to get the desired effect.( decrease the swelling). ...Read more

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Is pain and tissue damage from frostbite in foot permanent if skin never blistered or turned black? It's been hard to walk for about 3 weeks though.

Is pain and tissue damage from frostbite in foot permanent if skin never blistered or turned black? It's been hard to walk for about 3 weeks though.

Maybe, maybe not.: Sensory problems after frostbite can be permanent, but it depends on the degree of frostbite and the treatment. Please see an expert in cold injuries, a foot specialist (ortho or podiatrist) to see if any further evaluation and treatment it needed. Some people who still have symptoms at 4 months, have a good chance of having permanent changes. But it varies, others can improve over time. ...Read more

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Can frostbite be cured?

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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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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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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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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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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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

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What are the signs of frostbite on your neck?

Compromised skin : Initially manifested by white or pale skin followed by possible redness with blistering. Gentle re-warming is usually indicated. ...Read more

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How serious is frostbite from an ice pack?

How serious is frostbite from an ice pack?

It depend: How long you held the ice back, most of the time it is superficial and heal in a week, but if it was held for long time could be deep and serious. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat minor frostbite on my knee?

What can I do to treat minor frostbite on my knee?

Minor?: Not sure what minor means. If you have superficial frostbite, it is treated much the same a a sunburn or abrasion. Monitor for infection, and support the wound so it will heal. If you have blisters or a deeper injury, it would be best to see your doctor. Then, if things don't get better, you will have support at hand rather than having to go to the emergency room. Knee frostbite is not commonest. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between a chemical burn or frostbite?

What is the difference between a chemical burn or frostbite?

They are different: A chemical burn occurs from exosure of the skin to caustic chemicals. Frostbite occurs due to exposure to a cold environment. ...Read more

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One of my hands was blue.. Dark blue and light blue. Is that frostbite?

Frostbite does not: typically affect the entire hand unless there has been severe exposure, in that case having only one hand affected would be unusual too those are cases where both hand and both feet are affected from severe prolonged cold. Frostbite comes in stages, mild is irritated skin, then blisters then dark dark skin which looks dead. Circulation issues can give "blue" hands see your doctor ...Read more

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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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Is it possible, if placed on the skin for a prolonged period of time, to get frostbite from snow?

Yes: Frostbite can occur w/ exposure to very cold temperatures( esp.W/ wind) and snow in as little as 3-5 minutes... Your question is somewhat confusing , however, w/ your reference to isolated snow exposure. See your physician immediately or go to er if you think you are suffering from frostbite ... ...Read more

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No feeling on tip of finger after 24h of being completely frozen from cold. Or, could be from injury which occurred 4 days ago. Break or frostbite?

Numbness/pain: Could be either or both. Get an x-ray and exam by orthopedic hand surgeon. Frostbite can cause major soft tissue and bone damage. ...Read more

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My uncle had bad frostbite on his leg. Because it took so long to be treated, they say it might turn into gangrene. How long would it take to turn?

Fairly fast : Look for hard spots or dark areas. Usually at the very ends of the extremities like at the tip of the toes. ...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?

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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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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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

Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more