Spotting and Treating Frostbite

We all know that hats and scarves and gloves help keep the cold away, but we don’t always remember to grab them on our way out of the house. What’s worse is that we don’t always buy the best products to keep our skin warm, leaving open the possibility of frostbite.

If you find yourself spending time outdoors during the cold winter months, don’t take the risk of frostbite lightly. In an area that experiences regularly low temperatures and high-speed winds, conditions are prime for potential frostbite.

Signs and Symptoms

Cold Skin and a Prickling Feeling – If your skin starts to become cold to the point that it feels numb or prickly, it’s time to warm up. While it it’s expected to feel cold, feeling numb is never a good sign.

Skin Changing Color – Typically speaking, your skin should not change color, no matter the situation. When your skin begins to turn red in the cold, that could be Frostnip, the first stage of frostbite.

Hard/Waxy Skin – Skin that changes in texture is also a clear indication that frostbite is setting in.

What to Do

If you notice the beginning signs of Frostbite, get into warmer temperatures immediately and always take precautions by covering as much of your skin as possible with insulated clothing.

If you notice skin that has changed colors or texture, or if you notice blisters because of the cold, seek medical attention.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Friedrichs to find out what treatments are right for you.


Radiant Dermatology
(815) 981-4990
1740 Mediterranean Dr. Unit 102
Sycamore, IL