This winter’s record cold temperatures make frostbite a serious risk for anyone spending time outside. Stay safe by dressing in layers, keeping ears and hands covered up, and limiting the time you spend outdoors – especially if the wind is blowing.
If you think you may have frostbite, look for these symptoms:
• Skin feels prickly and/or numb
• Skin is discolored (red, white, gray or yellow)
• Pain around the exposed area
Frostbite is severe – and requires medical attention – when the following symptoms emerge:
• Blisters on the skin
• Skin turns black
• Joints and muscles are stiff or not functioning
Seek medical attention if you have even mild frostbite with any of the following symptoms:
• Swelling, redness, or discharge in the frostbitten area
If you think you have frostbite and need medical attention, call us at (631) 377-3629. Have questions about frostbite? Post them here and we’ll answer as soon as we can.