Frostbite occurs when tissue freezes. The best prevention is to avoid severe weather. If you’re caught in extremely cold weather, pay attention to your head and extremities, such as fingers, toes, ears, and nose. Wear a face cover if the temperature is below 0° Fahrenheit. If you experience any symptom of frostbite, treat immediately.
Symptoms of Frostbite
- Skin turns off-white.
- Prickly or tingling feeling occurs as ice crystals form.
- Pain may be present initially, then disappears as frostbite progresses.
- In severe cases, victim experiences a loss of feeling in the affected area.
Treatment of Frostbite
- Warm the affected area with body heat, but avoid rubbing the area—it can damage tissue.
- Don’t use hot water or other external heat sources, which could cause burns.
- Wrap with warm, dry clothing.
- Move to a warm shelter.
- Drink hot liquids.
- Get medical attention.