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What can you expect if you are admitted for frostbite?

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Later treatment may include whirlpool and physical therapy. Surgery, including amputation, is sometimes done. Amputation is used only if the tissues are dead.

  • Warm the area in water for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove blisters and cover them with an antibiotic, petroleum jelly, or aloe vera gel.
  • Splint and elevate the area and wrap it in a bandage.
  • Give you ibuprofen to ease inflammation, and a tetanus shot and antibiotics to prevent and treat infection.

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

National Institutes of Medicine: National Library of Medicine. 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

National Institutes of Medicine: National Library of Medicine. 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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