Winter Safety and Frostbite

December 4, 2015 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen, commonly on extremities such as the finger, toes, ears and nose. Frostbite symptoms can include pale, gray or blistering of the skin, or skin that feels like it is burning or becoming numb. Follow these recommended tips:

  • Get indoors and place the frostbitten parts of the body in warm, not hot, water (about the temperature of most hot tubs is recommended, approximately 104 degrees). Warm washcloths may be applied to frostbitten nose, ears and lips.
  • Wait a few minutes and dry and cover yourself with clothing and blankets and drink something warm.
  • Call your doctor if numbness continues for more than a few minutes.

American Academy of Pediatrics, 1/15; SafeKids, 11/10; National Fire Protection Agency, 11/12

 

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