Mary Liz Bilodeau, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNPC, an acute care nurse practitioner at the Sumner Redstone Burn Center, offers tips for avoiding and recognizing frostbite.
Tips for Spotting and Avoiding Frostbite
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What is frostbite?
Frostbite occurs when the temperature of your skin and other tissues falls below freezing causing direct damage to the cells. It's more likely to occur in body parts farthest from the heart, such as ears, nose, fingers and toes. Frostbite, like burns, is divided into four classifications of exceeding damage.
How do I know if I have frostbite?
Symptoms of frostbite include:
What should I do if I think I have frostbite?
Immediately seek treatment at your doctor’s office or a hospital. Studies have found the sooner you seek treatment the better your chances are for a good prognosis.
What can I do to prevent frostbite?
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