How do you know if you have frostbite?
When it’s cold enough, skin can freeze, resulting in frostbite. Frostbite not only is painful, it can result in loss of fingers and toes. Early warning signs of frostbite may include bu... read more
When it’s cold enough, skin can freeze, resulting in frostbite. Frostbite not only is painful, it can result in loss of fingers and toes. Early warning signs of frostbite may include but are not limited to tingling, numbness or coldness in an affected area. While we all experience cold fingers, toes, hands, feet and faces in cold weather, the feeling goes beyond mere cold. Skin in the affected area may begin to appear white or ‘frosted’, and skin may feel tight and resistant when pressed. Frostbite may also be indicated when a person experiences lack of sensations to the affected area. Normal sensations like pain disappear and hands or feet may feel ‘heavy’. Be prepared and dress properly when going outside in cold weather. This is especially important when letting children play outside. If you feel you or a loved one is experiencing frostbite or hypothermia, get them to a warm place and remove any wet clothing. GENTLY BEGIN WARMING THEM, AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. IF A PERSON HAS FROSTBITTEN TOES OR FEET, AVOID LETTING THEM WALK, UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. DO NOT USE HEAT FROM HEATING PADS, A RADIATOR, FIRE OR HOT WATER.