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    Know the symptoms of frostbite

    Frostbite is a major problem for the people living in sub-zero temperatures. People living at very high altitude (in India, people in higher altitudes of the Himalayas and also of Karakoram range). Not only the local people of high altitude, many mountaineers and trekkers suffer from frostbite. If not treated immediately, frostbite may cause various problems including amputation of the affected part. So, it is necessary to know the early symptoms of frostbite.

    (a) The earliest symptom of frostbite is goosebumps. The affected person suffers from fever with occasional goosebumps.
    (B) The tingling sensation in the affected area is another common symptom. Sometime the skin of the affected area experiences burning sensation.
    (c) The skin of the affected area gets discoloured. Pale yellow or greenish colour of the skin can be noticed.
    (d) Thawing of the affected part causes redness and extreme pain.
    (e) When the condition worsens, the pain disappears and numbness is experienced. That is a real danger sign.
    (f) In the most severe cases of frostbite, the skin turns black.

    People going for trekking and mountaineering in the higher altitudes must know the symptoms of frostbite and take adequate precaution.
  • #626924
    I think the author is talking about some type of gangrene which occurs when our feet is in wet condition for many hours and thus the feet becomes numb and no response later.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #626926
    Frostbite occurs due to exposure of our body to low temperature. It is due to freezing of the skin or other tissues. The first indication one will get is numbness. Then exp[osed person may be affected with clumsiness. The colour of the skin will turn whitish or bluish. As advised by the author the people who are getting exposed to lower temperatures may get affected and they should take the necessary precautions
    always confident

  • #627375
    Lot of people travelling to hill stations or to very cold areas need to be aware of this.

    In simple terms the exposed parts (ear lobules, nose, tips, hands and feet) quickly lose the warmth of the body and cools rapidly. Imagine the temperature going down, blood becomes little thicker, circulation becomes sluggish. Imagine tiny ice crystals forming in the blood and cells. This slowly destroys the tissue. We should be careful is reversing the cold too slow or too fast re-warming can be dangerous to the tissues.
    If no medical help is available, the least that can be done is to remove wet or very tight shoes etc and wrapping them loosely with dry clothes. Half attempts are rewarming do not help the part and the person.

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