Home Remedies

Published on July 30th, 2013 | by Tom


How to Treat Frostbite

Frostbite is a condition in which parts of your body, such as your fingers or toes, become seriously damaged as a result of being exposed to extreme cold temperature for too long. You may suffer from frostbite if you notice your skin looks white or grayish-yellow and have a feeling of itching, burning or numbness. It’s really annoying and uncomfortable, and here are some home remedies about how to treat frostbite.

  1. Once you suspect that there is a frostbite , get out of the cold immediately and warm the affected area.
  2. Cover the easily affected area like hands, ears properly when you have to go out.
  3. Remove wet clothes immediately if you’re indoors
  4. Warm the frostbitten areas with warm water (40-42 C). Keep the water at the same temperature as consistently as possible. Refresh the water once it cools
  5. Wrap the affected area with warm blanket. But never heat the frostbite directly with stove or heat lamp, which will cause burning.
  6. Keep rest and don’t use the frostbitten feet or hands if possible to avoid further damage of the tissue.
  7. Don’t rub the affected area as this will cause further injury.
  8. Avoid rewarming the skin until you can keep it warm. The damage will be more serious if you warm the area and then re-expose it to cold air again.
  9. Apply dry, sterile dressing or bandages to protect the skin once they’re already thaw.
  10. Take oral antibiotics or seek for medical treatment if the condition is serious.

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