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What are common side effects of frostbite? How can I treat it?

What are common side effects of frostbite? How can I treat it?

Severe: Some of the more severe side effects may include loss of toes, digits etc. You should seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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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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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Hoe do you treat frostbite from the salt and ice challenge?

Hoe do you treat frostbite from the salt and ice challenge?

Frostbite is treated: Based upon its severity, much like a burn frostbite can involve just the superficial layers of tissue, or go deeper. Odds are if you did the salt and ice challenge you do not have a full thickness injury of a finger but a skin injury. Still the essential rules are to avoid repaid rewarming, avoid refreezing and get to a doctor for basic wound care. And don't try it again! ...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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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

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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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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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How to treat nose frostbite?

Conservative: Allow tissues to heal without debridement unless an infection should develop. Keep clean and use antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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How would you know if foot pain is caused by frostbite? I am nervous because I was out for 3 hours in 4 degrees without snow boots. I had on regular fall boots. I woke up in pain in one foot on the outer side part of my foot and it's hard to walk.

Maybe: Usually frostbite will be manifest by discoloration a grayish color and numbness in the area. You may have pain in the area also. If the area is discolored and numb you may want to be checked. Usually it takes only 20 minutes or so to get frostbite. In may cases however once you warm up in a few hours it should become normal. If it has been a few days you might want to get it check ...Read more

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I have frostbite from an ice pack. How can I treat it? My hip is very red, numb and swollen.

Observation: This may be reversible, so no treatment will be necessary. If blisters form, or if the reddness persists, you should be evaluated by your doctor. ...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 does extreme cold result in frostbite?

How does extreme cold result in frostbite?

Frostbite: Redness and swelling and pain., keep clean consider topical antibiotics and avoid repeat exposure to cold. Seek medical attention...See the picture frostbite is likea burn. And there are different degrees relative to th thickness of the injury. Cold causes ice crystals to form in tissue resulting in tissue damage and at times tissue death and loss. ...Read more

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Outside how long would it take to get frostbite?

Outside how long would it take to get frostbite?

Dose not take to: It can take minutes for a person to begin to see signs of frostbite on exposed skin. Frostbite can occur if the temperature is 20 degrees or below and winds blowing at speeds of 20 miles an hour or faster. ...Read more

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Are there things in my control that make frostbite more likely?

Proper clothing: Avoid extreme temperatures. But if you must be outside wear proper layered clothing and have extra socks available if clothing beamed wet. Emergency supplies and evacuation plan in advance of trip. ...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

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Why does frostbite make skin turn black?

Why does frostbite make skin turn black?

Black Skin: Extreme cold is directly toxic to the skin cells and the blood nourishing the cells. The skin dies and dead skin is black. ...Read more

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Can handling frozen foods cause frostbite?

Can handling frozen foods cause frostbite?

Varies on severity: Of compromise of the blood supply. Individuals with vaso-occlusive disease such as diabetes may be prone to more extensive disease and complications. However brief contact is unlikely to cause frostbite. ...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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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 long does the numbness from frostbite last?

How long does the numbness from frostbite last?

Can be permanent: Another form of cold thermal injury known as chillblains can also result in permanent nerve injury. ...Read more

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Can you die from frostbite if you don't get an amputation?

Can you die from frostbite if you don't get an amputation?

Yes: Cold exposure that's severe enough to cause frostbite can also cause hypothermia. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs don't work correctly. Left untreated, hypothermia eventually leads to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to death. ...Read more

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What does first degree frostbite look like after a few days?

1st degree frostbite: 1st degree frostbite is also called frostnip. It involves only the epidermis, so the recovery is quick and there is no blistering. The skin may become discolored and numbness and tingling can persist, but this is more likely with a deeper injury. ...Read more

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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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Does your skin temperature really have to be below freezing to get frostbite?

Does your skin temperature really have to be below freezing to get frostbite?

Frostbite: More a function of exposure time. 1. Cold Skin (fingers, toes, nose. Ears) followed by numbness, Change in skin color to grey or blue). ...Read more

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Does your skin really have too reach a below freezing temperature in order to get frostbite?

Does your skin really have too reach a below freezing temperature in order to get frostbite?

JackFrostNippin'Away: Well that's the common idea but actually it doesn't have to freeze, just get cold enough for long enough that the blood vessels constrict and shut down oxygen to the skin cells, which then get even colder and then probably freeze and if not that get pretty darned dysfunctional. The first part is usually called "frost nip" which can then quickly turn into frost bite, often if it's so cold you're numb ...Read more