How to Handle Frostbite

This is a quick reminder of the dangers of frostbite. Frostbite is a condition that occurs when the skin and underlying tissues are frozen. It can happen as a result of prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, or from an object being placed in contact with the skin. The most common symptom is painless numbness, followed by discoloration of affected areas and blistering. Frostbite should be treated as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage, so here’s what you need to know about it!


The main treatment for frostbite is to gently rewarm the affected area. This can be done using warm water, a heating pad, or by placing the area next to someone’s skin. DO NOT USE FIRE OR AN OPEN FLAME TO REWARM AREAS OF FROSTBITE! Keep your heating pad on low to avoid burning yourself! Keep in mind that you will be unable to feel pain while areas of frostbite are present so take extra precautions when handling them. If blisters have formed, they should be gently drained and covered with a sterile adhesive bandage. Avoid using creams or ointments, as they can trap cold air against the skin.


If you think you may have frostbite, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Left untreated, frostbite can cause permanent damage to the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. So don’t take any chances – be sure to stay warm this winter!

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