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Cold Temperature Exposure - Check Your Symptoms

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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:
    • Toe, Foot, and Ankle Problems, Noninjury.
    • Finger, Hand, and Wrist Problems, Noninjury.
    • Arm Problems, Noninjury.
    • Leg Problems, Noninjury.
  • Hives, a rash, or itching after cold exposure: Go to the topics:
    • Allergic Reaction.
    • Rash, Age 12 and Older.
    • Rash, Age 11 and Younger.

For information on how to take an accurate temperature, see the topic Body Temperature.

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

Last Updated: April 15, 2013
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