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First aid for Frostbite(Destruction of tissue by freezing)
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:04:54 AM »
When exposed to very cold temperatures, skin and underlying tissues may freeze, resulting in frostbite. The areas most likely to be affected by frostbite are your hands, feet, nose and ears.
If your skin looks white or grayish-yellow, is very cold and has a hard or waxy feel, you may have frostbite. Your skin may also itch, burn or feel numb. Severe or deep frostbite can cause blistering and hardening. As the area thaws, the flesh becomes red and painful.
=> Gradually warming the affected skin is key to treating frostbite. Put frostbitten hands or feet in warm water — 104 to 107.6 F (40 to 42 C). Wrap or cover other areas in a warm blanket.
=> Protect your skin from further exposure. If you're outside, warm frostbitten hands by tucking them into your armpits.
=> Protect your face, nose or ears by covering the area with dry, gloved hands. Don't rub the affected area and never rub snow on frostbitten skin.
=> Get out of the cold. Once you're indoors, remove wet clothes.
=> Don't walk on frostbitten feet or toes if possible. This further damages the tissue.
=>.If numbness or sustained pain remains during warming or if blisters develop, seek medical attention.