Frostbite is caused by exposure to damp cold
temperatures around freezing or to dry cold temperatures well below
freezing. Like burns this is classified according to the severity.
is the mildest, without any blistering or peeling of the skin.
is more severe, with blisters and peeling after the body part has
results in the symptoms of the second degree plus actually death of
some tissues (necrosis). Sometimes in third degree frostbite the
hands or feet, usual parts affected may swell up with oedema. When
only the surface tissue dies, even though it may appear black and
ominous, good recovery is still possible. But when deep tissue dies
surgery to remove the tissues and possible and possible amputation
may be necessary.
Management of Frostbites
First Aid is very important in any case of
frostbite. The following are the few Don'ts:
Do not rub
the frost bitten area with snow or ice or cold water.
message the skin.
Do not warm
up the body part by exposing it to the heat of a radiator, stove
Do not put
the affected part in hot water.
Such measures speed up, rather than reduce, any
tendency of the frost bitten area to suffer tissue death or become
What you should Do
are still outside warm the affected body part if possible by
placing it close to a warm part of the body. You can continue to
do this indoors very effectively. You can put a frost bitten hand
between yours thighs or in your arm pits. You can cover your
noise or ear gently with a warm hand.
way to re-warm hands or feet is to put them into a basin of water
warm only to about 100 degree Fahrenheit or 38 degree Centigrade-
almost normal body temperature. Be SURE
to check the water temperature with a thermometer as temperature
above about 112 degree Fahrenheit (44 degree Celsius) are harmful.
In case no thermometer is handy, be SURE
that the water is barely Luke warm, not hot or cold.
with warm hands may help thaw other person's hand or fingers merely
by enclosing them within the palms and exerting a very gentle
thawing has been completed elevate the extremity to improve blood
circulation. Keep the limb at room temperature without any
bandages or bed covers that might cause friction and further
damage the tissues.
the frostbite was very mild, call your doctor for special
part has heeled special exercises may be prescribed to help
restore normal movements and circulations of hands and feet.
against frostbite by wearing warm, but never tight gloves, socks
and other winter clothing's.
means get indoor if you sense that frostbite has occurred. These
precautions are specially important if you are diabetic or have a
person has suffered exposure to his entire body to freezing
temperatures so that he is unconscious, only partially conscious
or drowsy one must take emergency measures.
Homoeopathic Treatment Of Frostbite
Agaricus 1M is very useful in First & Second
degree of Frostbite cases.
Ferrum Phos 3x or 6x is also very helpful as a background remedy.
Rhus Tox 200C, 1M & Pulsatilla 30C or higher These remedies also works in Frostbite if symptoms agree.
Secale Cor 30C & Ars Alb 200C, 1M can be used in Third degree cases.
Allium Cepa 1M Post amputation Neuralgia can be taken care by successfully.