Cold Temperature Exposure - Check Your Symptoms
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, click on the "Yes" in front of the question for information about how soon to see a health professional.
health risks that may increase the seriousness of your
If you have any of the following
symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.
Cold skin in a foot, arm, leg, or hand that is
not caused by cold exposure: Go to the topics:
Hives, a rash, or itching after cold exposure: Go
to the topics:
For information on how to take an accurate temperature, see
Do you have or does someone else have symptoms of low body temperature (early hypothermia) and a temperature of or lower?
Do you have or does someone else have symptoms of low body temperature (early hypothermia), but you have not taken a temperature?
Do you have symptoms of cold-injured skin, such as frostbite?
Do you have eye pain or vision changes? Note: You may not have any symptoms for 6 to 8 hours after cold exposure.
Do you think you have a skin infection after rewarming cold skin?
Are your hands, fingers, feet, nose, or ears sensitive to cold temperatures?
Are you worried that the cold-injured skin is dirty and you need a tetanus shot?
If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 28, 2010
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