How To Avoid Frost Bite

Published 01/08 2014 10:28AM

Updated 01/08 2014 10:29AM

Your kids need to bundle up if they're outside for a long time, because frostbite can start with a cold feeling and then become painful.

The affected area may then start to feel numb and firm.

Mild frostbite can be treated at home by submerging the area in warm water.

It might be painful once the tissue starts to warm.

Doctors say if you feel extreme pain as you warm up it's time to head to the emergency room.

Dr. Stephen with the Cleveland Clinic says, "If your pain is worse or if it continues or you get any type of blistering on the skin or any type of discoloration, you should go to the emergency department and get evaluated."

Dr. Meldon recommends heading indoors to warm up if you see your skin turning red or feel any pain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says frostbite can cause permanent damage to tissues,
and in severe cases could lead to amputation.

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