Frostbite is a medical condition when skin or body tissue is damaged from freezing.
It’s most common in parts of the body farthest from your heart that are exposed,
such as fingers, toes, ears and nose.
Follow these 7 tips to keep your body protected from the cold:
If You Get Frostbite...
The first signs of frostbite include redness and a stinging, burning, throbbing or prickling sensation followed by numbness. If this occurs, head indoors immediately, if at all possible.
If you experience symptoms of frostbite while out in the backcountry, keep moving. Exercise can get the blood flowing and help you stay warm, but don't do it to the point of exhaustion.
Try to gradually bring feeling back into the body. Never rub frostbitten skin or submerge your hands or feet directly into hot water; use warm water or a warm washcloth instead.
If you do not feel sensation returning to your body, or if the skin begins to turn gray, go to an emergency room or clinic immediately.