Patient Comments: Frostbite - Experience


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Comment from: Joan, MD, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I was lost in the woods in Minnesota with day temperatures -20 F, at age 14. When I got home, slow rewarming was done. When my boots were removed, feet were red and the toes and heels very numb. As the numbness improved, the toes and heels became very sharply and consistently painful. I saw the doctor after a few days because the pain was worsening and bilateral toes and heels had turned a dark grey. I was given narcotic pain medicine, and antibiotics. Rest of frostbite recovery was unremarkable.

Comment from: bonerocko, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 21

I was working outside in single digit temperatures, over a couple of days. First night after work my lower legs in the shin area became very itchy. They were a bright pink, like I had poison ivy. I was wearing undies, long johns, winter socks and boots. Next day I wore knee length winter socks along with all the things mentioned earlier. My upper, inner thighs, just below my joint became very itchy in the afternoon. When I got home I jumped into a warm bath. My thighs, shins, and calves were bright red and itchy. It was hard to sleep, and when my thighs touched each other I felt pain. Mostly I was surprised because I felt no pain while the frostbite was happening. It crept up on me during the day. I only noticed it when I went inside for the day.

Comment from: Diane, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 06

My sister was frost bitten. She was found lying on her back with her eyes wide open and unconscious for two and half hours. Her left leg was badly frost bitten. She has nerve damage in both legs and feet. At least her left knee is slowly healing. This has been the worst.

Comment from: fritzilou, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I self diagnosed Chilblains after a visit to NYC the week of February 15. While waiting at the airport a few days later, I began to feel that I was getting a cold. My nose ran profusely and continuously for 12 hours. The next morning, what had appeared to be a cold, was gone and my body was covered with splotches. The itching and burning was severe and has gradually diminished over the next four days. I used Purel itch cream constantly and had difficulty sleeping, because of the itching and burning. Today is the fourth day and most of the itching is gone. I still have the splotches, but most are diminishing. One area most severe was at the shins. The color of the splotches are deep to light raspberry.

Comment from: bvl, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: February 23

My husband was exposed to frostbite in the Korean war while in the mountains. He developed vascular disease in later life and subsequently lost his toes and a leg amputation.

Comment from: kyle, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

In 2001 I was in a car wreck and laid out in the elements for 8 hours in 20 below zero weather. I had frostbite to all of my outer extremities. My right hand took the hardest hit with the amputation of the right index finger. To this day I've had a pain stimulation system installed between my c6 and c7 in my spine been on all sorts of nerve blockers meds and have had right stella nerve block done. To no avail the pain is still there if anyone knows any other options please help.

Comment from: mareena, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

My index finger was frozen to lance an infected hangnail. The Dr. mistakenly used a bottle that included epinephren in it. My index and middle finger were frozen for over 12 hours even though the doctor kept me in treatment room warming and massaging the area. It is 4 weeks now and cannot bend the index finger and it is 4 different colors. Some skin is beginning to peel at the bottom and middle. The top part is hard, black, purple, red and yellow. The finger is still swollen thus no bending. Doctor said it will take 4 to 6 weeks further for peeling.


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