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From the Physicians Desk … Weekly Blog!


This wintery storm has affected many usually warm States: from the Carolinas to Georgia and even Alabama has experience snow fall! For those who are not use to the frigid temperature, Frostbite has become a real concern.

Playing in the snow is fun…but be sure to monitor the extremities and only stay outside for short periods of time.


FrostBite 1-2 days after exposure to freezing temperature

  • Frostbite is the medical condition where localized damage is caused to skin and other tissues due to freezing.
  • Frostbite occurs when the skin and body tissues are exposed to cold temperature for a prolonged period of time.
  • Frostbite is most likely to happen in body parts farthest from the heart and those with large exposed areas.
  • The initial stages of frostbite are sometimes called frostnip
  • Pay close attention to the extremes of age: the very young and the very old.
Frost bite 12dys

Frostbite 12 days later

Symptoms of frostbite include:

  • Pins and needles feeling followed by numbness
  • Hard, pale, and cold skin that has been exposed to the cold for too long
  • The area may ache or throb.
  • Lack of sensation; you may not feel it if someone touches you there
  • As the area thaws, the flesh becomes red and very painful

Those who are homeless are usually at highest risk. If you notice someone trying to sleep outside in this cold weather, call for help/shelter immediately! If you suspect Frostbite, of your family, friend or love ones, do the following;

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1. Shelter the person from the cold and move him or her to a warmer place. Remove any constricting jewelry and wet clothing. Look for signs of hypothermia (lowered body temperature) and treat accordingly.

2. If immediate medical help is available, it is usually best to wrap the affected areas in sterile dressings (remember to separate affected fingers and toes) and transport the person to an emergency department for further care.

3. If immediate care is not available, rewarming first aid may be given.

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Until next time … BE SAFE and STAY WARM!


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