Frostbite is a freezing of the skin

Stop to check for frostbite if you are not sure that you can feel some part of your toes, nose or fingers. Treat possible beginnings of frostbite quickly, and then watch for any repeat problems in that area. Put warmer socks on, cover your nose and do whatever else you can to keep your extremities warm.Putting on a hat can help prevent frostbite in your toes. How? Any general conservation of body heat can make it easier for your body to keep the heat going to the extremities. A lot of heat can be lost through your head if you don’t keep it covered.Cayenne pepper sprinkled in your socks can keep the blood flowing to your toes, thus preventing them from freezing. It is said that rubbing vinegar on your hands and feet will do the same thing. DMSO, a pain-relieving solvent sold in some health food stores, also seems to work.Immersion FootImmersion foot, unlike frostbite, can happen at temperatures up to 66 degrees (19 Celsius). It is a result of constant exposure to cold and water. First, the foot is swollen, cold, waxy, and with blue and purple blotches. The skin is wet and soft. Walking can become difficult due to a loss of feeling. Over the coming days, this progresses to swollen, red and hot feet. Blisters form and infection is common, as is gangrene.Common treatments include aspirin and alcohol (small doses throughout the day), to keep the blood flowing in the smallest capillaries. Keeping the feet dry is important too. Prevention is a better plan. Foe this, change into dry socks frequently. Also elevate, dry and massage the feet several times daily to promote circulation Key Points1. Watch for symptoms of frostbite, like loss of feeling or white patches on the skin. 2. Early treatment of frostbite can prevent serious damage.3. There are simple steps you can take to prevent frostbite.4. Immersion foot is also a serious problem when temperatures are above freezing.