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Treating Frostbite Blisters
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
Friend went snowboarding in sub zero temp, got blistering and swelling on top behind his ear. Head was completely covered.. Frostbite? Irritation?
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
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
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
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
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
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
A quick Freeze.: Most definitely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Frostbite: Possibly.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Not likely: It would hurt too much. You would stop before any damage. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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