Jan 25, 2018

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: What should you do if you get frostbit? Dr. Troy Madsen, what's your advice?

Dr. Madsen: So my advice would be, number one, recognizing the frostbite. This is something you're going to typically see on your fingers, your toes, maybe on your nose. You're out in the wilderness, maybe skiing in the mountains, you feel very cold, you may lose feeling. You look at that area, it looks either very dark or it looks very white, like there's no blood going to that part of your body.

So my first piece of advice would be don't rewarm that area until you're in a place that's going to stay warm. The problem can be, if you rewarm it and it refreezes, it can be much worse. When you rewarm it, rewarm it in a sink with lukewarm water. Keep the water circulating. That will gradually rewarm it. And then, the other important thing would be to get medical attention. Try to get to the emergency department to make sure things are going to be okay there. Get the help you need.

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