Frostbite

Frostbite injuries happen when the skin and deeper tissues freeze. Frostbite can happen when the skin is not covered well in cold weather. Frostbite often affects the feet, hands, fingers, nose, and ears. The first signs of frostbite are loss of feeling (numbness), pain, and redness. The most important thing to do is get out of the cold right away. You need to get medical help right away for frostbite. Frostbite can cause lasting damage.

HOME CARE

  • If you have bandages (dressings), change them as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • Your injured skin turns red.

  • You lose skin in the injured area.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the injury.

  • Your injury turns a dark color.

  • You see a red line on the skin coming from the injury.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.