Treating Frostnip

Frostnip is the mildest form of cold injury to the skin. Signs of frostnip include:

  • Redness or paleness of the skin
  • Mild pain
  • Tingly or numb sensation in body parts exposed to the cold

Frostnip doesn’t require a trip to your healthcare provider, but it is an indicator that your skin has already started to become affected and that continued exposure could lead to a more serious form of frostbite.

You can treat frostnip by getting warm. This includes:

  • Finding a warm shelter
  • Covering up with layers of dry clothing
  • Blowing warm air from your mouth through cupped hands around the affected area
  • Warming the extremity by using body heat, such as putting your fingers in your armpit

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