FROSTBITE: SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT
Frostbite usually occurs on any extremities exposed by cold weather. These extremities may include hands, nose, ears, or feet.
Symptoms of Frostbite
Symptoms of frostbite include:
Burning, tingling, stinging, or numbing of the skin. A person may not feel numb, but may lose balance as a result of impaired nerves.
If frostbite is left untreated it can damage tissue. A person may develop redness of skin or white skin plaques. In extreme cases of frostbite, a limb may be permanently impaired or may need to be removed.
If a loved one has signs of frostbite, DO NOT break blisters, rub affected area, or apply heat lamps or hot water bottles to the affected area. DO NOT attempt rapid thawing if refreezing is a possibility.
Frostbite treatment includes: