Understanding Frostbite -- Symptoms

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

What Are the Symptoms of Frostbite?

For frostnip:

  • White patches of skin that are numb

For frostbite (superficial or deep):

  • 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.

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