Frostbite

This is when extreme cold damages any part of your body. This is most common with fingers and toes, especially if you are wearing wet shoes.

What to look out for:

  • Trouble moving the affected area, for example clumsy fingers or trouble walking.
  • Skin changes: Cold, numb, and white or gray discoloration.
  • Blisters or areas of black skin.
  • If you or a friend might have frostbite see a doctor immediately

How to warm the affected body part on your way to the ER or while you wait for an ambulance.

  • Put it in warm (not hot) water.
  • Use body heat. For example place your fingers under your armpit to warm them.
  • Do not rub or massage the affected skin.

If you are using a stove or fire to get warm, remember that the skin might be numb - DO NOT BURN YOURSELF.

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