You may have experienced signs of Frostnip without knowing that this phenomenon exists. Frostnip occurs when the top layer of your skin is easily injured by ridiculously cold weather . Fortunately, it is not a serious disease. Here's what you need to know, including signs of Frostnip and what to do if you think you have it.
Frostnip is a mild form of frostbite.
Joshua Zeichner MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in the field of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, informs SELF.
When Your Body Is Exposed to Extreme Cold In weather conditions, your blood vessels constrict and drain blood from your skin to maintain your core body temperature. Signatory. The surface of your skin gets colder, which can cause frostbite.
Without proper treatment, Frostnip may experience frostbite, a much more severe cold injury. Frostbite occurs when your skin (and sometimes the tissue under your skin) actually freezes after prolonged exposure to cold or objects such as ice, explains the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). This is in contrast to the fact that your skin is just too cold, as is the case with a Frostnip. Depending on how extreme it is, frostbite can cause severe and sometimes permanent skin damage.
How long it takes for a frost break to develop depends on the weather conditions.
If you're dealing with an average cold winter day, take a few hours to develop the Frostnip, explains Nicholas Kman, an emergency medicine doctor at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, to SELF. Leaving your skin exposed to cold for just a few hours may cause a frost break.
If you spend a long time in sub-zero temperatures (at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit), the Frost Nip may be much more responsive. Kman says,
The signs of Frostnip are pretty subtle.
Cold weather conditions such as frostbite and frostbite most likely affect your fingers from toes, ears, cheeks and chin after the Mayo Clinic . This makes sense, as these areas are often exposed even if you have the rest of your body against the cold.
In view of this, there are some indications that you may have Frostnip according to . Mayo Clinic . Note that most cases occur when you are still in the cold, but others only after you have moved into a heated environment:
- A cold sensation
- Redness due to skin irritation
- Deafness due of blood reduction flow
- Tingling when warming the skin
- Pain when warming the skin
While the cold sensation, discoloration and numbness react to the cold temperatures, pain and tingling occur when you are affected body part begins to warm up again. This is completely normal, but it can be a pain.
You can treat Frostnip yourself.
It all depends on warming up your skin . Signatory. The most important thing first: get out of the cold, if you can. (If not, take steps to protect your exposed skin, for example by putting your hands in your pockets.)
If you're inside, Dr. Draftsman to operate the affected area under warm water. If you want, you can soak the body part in warm water instead.
This may not seem intuitive, but do not use hot water to warm your skin, Dr. Signatory. If your skin is numb, you may not notice that the water is getting too hot, which can cause burns. (The same goes for using a hair dryer to warm the skin, says Dr. Kman.) To make sure the water is not too hot, the Mayo Clinic recommends it with a part of your body to test skin that has no frost break experiences.
When your skin returns to normal color and is no longer numb, you can stop using warm water. This will take about 30 minutes for frostbite, so it should be even faster for Frostnip. "Overall, your skin should not be permanently damaged," says dr. Kman. "You should be fine."
If you have warmed up your skin for over half an hour and are in severe pain, your skin still feels numb, you have fever or if your skin is blistering you can actually have frostbite. See a doctor to be on the safe side. And whether you've had frostbite, frostbite, or completely avoided both, be sure to protect yourself in cold weather so your skin will not suffer.