Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Symptoms

Frostnip Overview

What is frostnip?
A person with frostnip has skin that has become pale and numb after exposure to freezing temperatures. If exposure continues, it may progress to frostbite. A person with frostbite has tissue damage due to exposure to freezing temperatures.

What are the symptoms of frostnip?
Symptoms of frostnip include pale skin, skin numbness, burning skin pain, and cool skin surface.

How does the doctor treat frostnip?
Frostnip may be treated safely at home. The affected part may be slowly warmed by breathing onto the injured site, such as breathing into cupped hands. A hand with frostnip can also be warmed under the armpit.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Frostnip References
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  2. Su CW, Lohman R, Gottlieb LJ. Frostbite of the upper extremity. Hand Clin. 2000 May;16(2):235-47. [10791170]
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