frostbite

Frostbite is a condition which occurs when the body is exposed to low temperatures which then causes freezing of the skin or other tissues. One of the first symptoms of frostbite is usually numbness of the fingers. This is often followed by clumsiness. The skin turns white or bluish.

The parts of the body commonly affected by frostbite include hands, feet, and face. Complications may include compartment syndrome and hypothermia. The early stage of frostbite is known as frostnip and includes pins and needles, as well as throbbing or pain in the affected area. You may even feel a tingling sensation. This stage of frostbite often affects those who live in cold climates.

Unless it’s completely necessary, the person with frostbite should not walk on frostbitten feet. Never rewarm the skin until you find yourself in a place or a situation that allows you to keep you warm. Re-exposing the area affected by frostbite to cold air can cause even worse damage. Gently rub the affected area in warm water (it should never be hot) or with a warm washcloth until the skin is red and warm again.

It is possible to die from frostbite, but it occurs rarely. When people die from frostbite, it’s usually due to some complication such as gangrene, or the decay of the infected tissue.

  1. December 30, 2018

    I once had a frostnip and doctor recommended to avoid massaging or warm water and leave it to go away naturally in warm room. Move indoors, and remove all wet clothing and constricting clothing (such as socks, boots, and gloves), and replace with dry clothing.

  2. December 31, 2018

    Frostbite occurs when tissues freeze. This condition happens when you are exposed to temperatures below the freezing point of skin. Hypothermia is the condition of developing an abnormally low body temperature. In conditions of prolonged cold exposure, the body sends signals to the blood vessels in the arms and legs telling them to constrict. By slowing blood flow to the skin, the body is able to send more blood to the vital organs, supplying them with critical nutrients.

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