Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose, Fingers and Toes

FROSTNIP




Frostnip is the first sign of frostbite except, it does not completely destroy the skin, but you must treat the skin with proper medication (first aid treatment), which also includes rewarming your skin.  Frostbite the second stage requires medical attention because there could be permanent damage to skin, bones and muscles.  Symptons of frostnip are:

  • Your skin turns pale
  • Your skin feels very cold
  • Long exposure to cold leads to stinging of skin
  • Numbness of the skin
  • When your skin warms you feel pain and tingling
 
 
FROSTBITE




The second sign is frostbite, this is the freezing of the skin and tissues. Frostbite happens most times on the nose, toes, ears, fingers, chin, and cheeks. Numbness is the first thing you experience, you may think that those areas are just really cold and someone may have to tell you that it is frostbite.  Symptons of frostbite are:

  • Very cold skin and a painful feeling
  • Numbness
  • Red, white, bluish-white or gray-yellowish skin
  • Blister may form after trying to rewarm the skin

When dealing with frostbite make sure you seek medical attention.  Check for hypothermia, protect your skin from any further exposure to the cold, get out of the cold. Softly rewarm the frostbitten area for approximately 15 to 30 minutes.  Take pain medication, don't move the infected area because it will cause more damage. When you start to feel the tingling on the affected area that means the blood is flowing through the skin.  If it is superficial frostbite make sure you apply handmade lotion that will treat the infected area.

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