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How do you get warmth back to someone with frostbite?

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Until you can see a doctor:

  • Get the person to a warm place and remove any wet clothing.
  • Unless absolutely necessary, the person should not walk on frostbitten toes or feet.
  • Don't rewarm the skin until you can keep it warm.
  • Gently warm the area in warm water or with wet heat until the skin appears red and warm.
  • If no water is nearby, breathe on the area through cupped hands and hold it next to your body.
  • Don't use direct heat from heating pads, radiator, or fires.
  • Don't rub or massage the skin or break blisters.

From: Frostbite Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Frostbite: How to Foil Jack Frost."

CDC: "Winter Weather: Frostbite."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Frostbite."

Merck Manuals: "Frostbite."

KidsHealth: "Frostbite Instruction Sheet."

AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care: "Cold Related Problems: Frostbite."

Frostbite Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Frostbite: How to Foil Jack Frost."

CDC: "Winter Weather: Frostbite."

University of Rochester Medical Center: "Frostbite."

Merck Manuals: "Frostbite."

KidsHealth: "Frostbite Instruction Sheet."

AMA Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care: "Cold Related Problems: Frostbite."

Frostbite Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 14, 2017

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