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Understanding Frostbite -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Frostbite?

 For frostnip: 

  • White patches of skin that are numb

For frostbite (superficial or deep): 

Understanding Frostbite

  • Skin that is white or grayish-yellow and feels hard, waxy, or numb, or is blistering or becoming darkened or black
  • Other symptoms include swelling, itching, burning, and deep pain during the rewarming/healing process.

Get medical attention immediately if you think you may have frostbite.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on March 30, 2013

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