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What should I do if I have frostnip?

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If you think you may have frostnip, get out of the cold as soon as possible. If your clothes are wet, change into dry clothing. Immerse the affected area in warm water (100 to 105 F) to thaw the frozen tissue.

Do not use hotter water as this may burn your skin. If warm water isn't available, use your own body heat by, for instance tucking your hands into your armpits or covering your nose, ears, or face with dry hands.

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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