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Have you ever had frostbite?

Asked by longgone (17089points) March 1st, 2016

I think two of my toes are affected. Not sure yet. I’m scheduled for a routine check-up next week, so I will ask my doctor then. Meanwhile, any advice?

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thorninmud's avatar

No, but I’ve had chilblains plenty of times. Sure that’s not what you’re dealing with?

longgone's avatar

Yep, I think that’s more likely. Fun fact: Chillblain and frostbite are both translated as the same term in German. Looks like we only differentiate between more and less severe cases. Thanks for teaching me something new.

So, what did you do with those chillblains?

thorninmud's avatar

Didn’t do anything. Spring is the best remedy.

longgone's avatar

Can’t wait.

Zaku's avatar

I’ve had something minor like that. I don’t know that I qualify for any particular label. My doctor IIRC said frostbite but that there were degrees, or he meant it casually rather than strictly diagnostically.

In my case, the effect was that some toes would go white and numb when cold enough. Getting them in contact with something warm for a while would sort it out, but then those toes would be the first to do the same thing again in cold later. It got my attention so I tended to tend to them quickly and it never got any worse. Not much to do about that level except warm them up and avoid getting them too cold for too long.

thorninmud's avatar

@longgone Train your doggie to lie across your feet. Almost as good as Spring.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What makes you think you have frostbite?

longgone's avatar

@Zaku My toes have been getting white all my life. I guess I should have paid as much attention as you did. This is worse, because it hurts even after I’ve warmed up. I can’t run anymore, and I really need to be able to run. There are mountain lions here, you see?

@thorninmud Oh, they do that. And I’m grateful!

@Dutchess_III Chillblains, apparently.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, how did you get it, I meant?

longgone's avatar

I spend a lot of time outside, and I am not smart enough to wear the shoes I should be wearing, I guess. I do wear winter boots, but my feet get cold after an hour or two. Looks like I need better equipment.

Zaku's avatar

In my case, it seemed to have a lot to do with my shoes and socks. Something about how the toes weren’t getting enough heat from the rest of my toes and feet when stuffed in socks and shoes. I’m not sure exactly how that worked, but you might experiment with different combos of shoes and socks, and/or try someplace like REI and ask some people there about it and if they have any good solution for keeping toes warm in freeze.

Mimeo's avatar

I do not have frostbite but one of my friends has and this condition can become severe if left untreated or without proper treatments. You should go to see doctors soon to find out your problem. In case of frostbite, aloe vera can be an effective treatment that you should pay attention too. It is very safe and nature and helps you reduce the inflammation caused by frostbite. All you need to do is to get its gel and apply it over your affected skin every day. Besides, you should drink fluids more often sice dehydration can partly cause frostbite. Things you should drink is water, fruit juices and things you should avoid is alcohol, coffee and tea.

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^ Welcome to Fluther @Mimeo.

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