Frostbite is an injury caused by overexposure of human tissue to cold temperatures. It often starts with mild symptoms and gradually becomes more severe. The first aid is to rewarm the affected areas and to give painkillers. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
Frostbite is an overexposure of a human's skin and the underlying tissues to cold temperatures, which causes freezing. The condition occurs usually on the skin of the chin, cheeks, ears, nose, toes, and fingers. Exposed skin to cold temperatures and wind poses the biggest risk to the condition as it makes it vulnerable. However, frostbite can also develop on a person's skin that is covered by gloves or further tissues. Frostbite requires medical attention since it can destroy skin, tissues, muscles, and bones. Severe frostbite is dangerous and can lead to further complications such as nerve damage and infection.
The cause of frostbite is overexposure to cold temperatures. Some factors can increase the risk of getting frostbite. For example, 1) poor blood circulation, 2) certain illnesses and drugs and 3) life style factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption. People with frostbite may experience symptoms like numbness, pain, redness or whiteness of the affected area and abnormal sensations on the skin. If the frostbite becomes severe, then the color of the affected area may even turn purple or black due to poor circulation. In severe cases, frostbite may result in permanent damage and the death of the affected tissue.
The treatment of frostbite includes warming up the frostbitten areas with warm water, relieving the pain with painkillers, and dressing and protecting the wound. Warming up the core temperature by drinking hot beverages also helps. Antibiotics are rarely used to prevent infections. If the frostbite results in damage of the affected area, then surgery is necessary.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
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