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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 18, 2015
Tags: Frostbite  

What is hard to predict, hard to prepare for and something that changes from year to year? You guessed it, it’s the weather! Here in the Northeast, we have been experiencing some strange weather phenomena. Every year, the summers and the winters have been hard to forecast accurately, and most days, it ends up being sunnier than average or cooler than normal. Let’s blame global warming.

We all know that we need to keep our heads and bodies covered and wrapped up in winter, but did you know that your fingers and toes need equal protection? So, next time you look out the window and the bright, sunny sky fools you, don’t be fooled. Take out your phone weather app or check the news to check the temperature and the wind chill factor. You may need those boots and gloves after all, as this is the only way to prevent a common winter condition known as frostbite. It takes just 5 minutes to develop frostbite in very low temperatures.

What is frostbite?

Frostbite means that a part of your body freezes. Generally, toes and feet are affected. But, even your nose and ears can get frostbite. Not to worry though, frostbite although serious, can be treated.

What are the symptoms?

Frostbite happens quickly and worsens without treatment. It usually occurs in stages:

1st stage:

You are outside, in the cold, without weather appropriate clothing. Your skin turns white or a faint yellow and starts to burn.

2nd stage:

Your skin turns hard and appears shiny. You may form blisters. When your skin thaws, it may be filled with fluid or pus or blood.

3rd stage:

Skin is very hard and feels cold. It turns dark and looks more like a bruise. You will most likely feel numb in the area at this stage and it is in its most advanced stage.

How to treat Frostbite:

  • Get out of the cold and warm up.
  • Warm the area in a tub of hot water for 30 min.
  • Dry the area with a soft towel. Don’t pick or rub the blisters.
  • Protect area by wrapping in socks or wear a glove.
  • Drink adequate water to hydrate your body.
  • Go see a podiatrist or your general physician immediately.

Frostbite is no fun. If you experience symptoms such as numbness or severe pain, go to the emergency room immediately. For non-urgent symptoms and care for blisters on the feet, make an appointment with Dr. Brandon Macy. Dr. Brandon Macy is a board certified podiatrist and he is ready to provide you the best care for frostbite on the feet.

Dr. Brandon Macy specializes in treating children and adults with all types of foot and ankle conditions. Visit us today at Clark Podiatry located in Clark, New Jersey. Call us today (732) 382-3470 and see how we can keep your feet warm, all winter long!

 

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