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What is the follow-up care for frostbite?

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Once you get medical care, the next steps depend on the particular case.

At the hospital, a doctor will rewarm the area.

The doctor may give medication for pain or IV fluids if you're dehydrated.

The doctor may also give you a tetanus vaccine.

You may be hospitalized for a few days. In severe cases they may require amputation of the frostbitten area to avoid gangrene.

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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