How Does Cold Have To Be To Get Frostbite?

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Definition

Frostbite is damage to the skin and underlying tissues caused by extreme cold.


Alternative Names

Cold exposure - arms or legs


Considerations

A person with frostbite on the extremities may also be subject to hypothermia (lowered body temperature). Check for hypothermia and treat those symptoms first.

Frostbite is distinguishable by the hard, pale, and cold quality of skin that has been exposed to the cold for too long. The area is likely to lack sensitivity to touch, although there may be...

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