First Aid

First Aid For Cold Burns

Cold burns or frostbite takes place whenever the skin comes in contact with any extremely cold body. The presence of extreme cold causes damage to the skin and also to the tissues underlying them. This condition appear whenever the body remains in contact with some moderately cold bodies like snow, liquid helium, dry ice, liquid nitrogen etc for a prolonged period of time.

In this article, we will be discussing some of the first aid tips and signs and symptoms of this condition.

First Aid Tips For Cold Burns:

Some of the first aid tips for cold burns include:

  • Avoid taking alcohol or smoking
  • Intake of food and rest must be in sufficient amount
  • Increase the amount of physical activity to maintain the temperature of the body
  • Move the victim to a warmer to give him or her shelter from cold
  • In severe cases provide the body with warmer activities like warm packs, warm water bottles etc.
  • The part with frost bitten must be dressed with sterile, dry dressings.
  • Provide the patient with warm drinks, this will help him in maintaining the lost fluid content in the body.

Signs And Symptoms For Cold Burn:

Some of the signs and symptoms for this condition include:

  • The sensation of needles and pins will be there.
  • Numbness will be noticed in the affected part.
  • Intense pain or throbbing is noticed initially.
  • Slowly the affected part will become insensate.
  • Abnormal accumulation of blood takes place.
  • Formation of blisters can also be there in severe cases.
  • In this condition the color of the skin changes to white and skin becomes numb.
  • In some cases, clotting of blood takes place which prevents the proper circulation of blood in the body.

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