Temporary or permanent tissue damage from exposure to subfreezing temperature. Ice crystals form in the skin and blood vessels, leading to tissue injury or tissue death, depending on the temperature and length of exposure.
It most commonly affects the toes, fingers, earlobes, chin, cheeks and nose, body parts which are often left uncovered in cold temperatures. Frostbite can occur gradually or rapidly. The speed with which the process progresses depends upon how cold or windy the temperature conditions are and the duration of exposure to those conditions.
The following factors make frostbite more likely:
Signs and symptoms
The following are the most common symptoms of frostbite. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
First Aid- The following instruction apply to emergency care until medical care is available:
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