Tips for Preventing Frostbite

cold-weatherFrostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder, but it can be avoided.  The doctors and staff at Fenton Foot Care have some advice to share to avoid frostbite during this recent bout of sub-zero temperatures.

Depending on the severity of the exposure, frostbite can affect the skin or underlying tissue, especially in your arms, legs, and feet.  In most cases the area becomes numb and feels frozen and the skin will appear waxy, white or grayish.  Any exposure should be evaluated and treated by a physician.

Avoiding frostbite is easier than treating it.  So if you must go out in bitter cold, be prepared.

  • Dress in light, loose, layered clothing for ventilation and insulation.  Water-repellent fabric is a good overlay.
  • Make sure that your head, hands and feet are properly covered. Mittens are warmer than gloves, and two pair of socks (wool over lightweight cotton) will help keep your feet warm.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine prior to, and while, you are outside.  These things leave the skin more prone to frostbite.
  • If you get wet, remove wet clothing as quickly as possible and get to a warm location.
  • Check yourself every half-hour or so for signs of frostbite. If your toes, fingers, ears or other body parts feel numb, get inside.

If you believe that you are experiencing frostbite, don’t delay.  Call us immediately for an appointment: 810-629-3338 [FEET].