Doctors warn of frostbite as colder weather arrives
"These are long-term injuries, somebody that has frostbite injury, they're going to have pretty significant pain longtime."
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – As colder weather arrives, hospital burn units begin seeing an increase in patients with frostbite.
Frostbite can come within 20 to 30 minutes of exposure to cold and windy weather. The colder and winder the weather is, the faster the frostbite can amplify.
Frostbite looks different depending on how long a person is exposed to colder weather. Doctors say people should look for blisters, discoloration, stinging or a tingly sensation as signs of frostbite. Doctors recommend people see a medical professional if they see any signs of frostbite.
“These are long-term injuries, somebody that has frostbite injury, they’re going to have pretty significant pain longtime. They might lose some fingers and toes, some tissue from this damage so really you want to get that evaluated if there is a concern right away,” said Eric Jensen, who is a Registered Nurse with CHI Health St. Elizabeth’s Burn Unit.
Doctors say people can prevent frostbite by dressing in layers, covering up fingers and toes and not walking outside with wet or moist skin.