Published on July 30th, 2013 | by Tom0
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 extremetemperature 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 about how to treat frostbite.
- Once you suspect that there is a frostbite , get out of the cold immediately and warm the affected area.
- Cover the easily affected area like hands, ears properly when you have to go out.
- Remove wet clothes immediately if you’re indoors
- 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
- Wrap the affected area with warm blanket. But never heat the frostbite directly with stove or heat lamp, which will cause burning.
- Keep rest and don’t use the frostbitten feet or hands if possible to avoid further damage of the .
- Don’t rub the affected area as this will cause further injury.
- 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.
- Apply dry, sterile dressing or bandages to protect the skin once they’re already thaw.
- Take oral antibiotics or seek for medical treatment if the condition is serious.