Do you feel parts of your body numbing when you step outside during the winter season? Chances are, you’re experiencing frostbite. This week’s blog is going to cover what you need to know about frostbite with the help of Medical News Today & Healthline. We are going to inform you what frostbite is, the symptoms, risks, and how to avoid it. The coldest months of the winter season are upon us and we need to be prepared.
What is Frostbite?
Frostbite occurs when living tissue freezes and your skin is exposed to the cold temperature. You might want to watch out for your fingers, toes, ears, and nose as these parts of the body are where frostbite mostly occurs. Blood flow can drop on certain body parts if the person is exposed to the cold for an extended period of time. If this happens, tissues and cells may die. In the most severe cases, it could cause gangrene – the death of body tissue. Amputation may be necessary to prevent the spread of the dead tissue.
Symptoms – Stages of frostbite
First-degree (Frostnip) – The first-degree deals with pain, itchiness, and only affects the surface of the skin. Frostnip is mild and does not cause permanent damage to your skin. During frostnip, your hands may feel numb and cause your skin to turn red.
Second-degree (Superficial frostbite) – Signs of second-degree frostbite may include swelling and hardening of skin as tissues start to become damaged. At this stage, your skin may turn blue or purple and blisters can also occur. Rewarming should happen as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your tissue.
Third-degree (Deep frostbite) – Deep frostbite causes muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves to freeze. This stage is the most severe stage which affects both the outside and inside of your skin. Signs of third-degree include blisters and the affected area might look blue or splotchy. In the most severe cases, blood clots may develop in the affected area or may require surgery. In order to prevent the spread of the dead tissue, amputation may be required.
To avoid frostbite, be sure to be prepared and cover-up! Make sure to layer up and dress appropriately for the cold weather. Wear items such as gloves, mittens, toques, and thick socks to prevent your skin from freezing. Aside from wearing the right accessories, you also want to make sure to stay hydrated and eat nutritious meals. As soon as you recognize the symptoms of frostbite, seek warmth immediately.
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