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Frostbite Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Coldness or firmness of tissue
  • Clumsiness
  • Waxy appearance of the skin
  • Color ranging from red to white to blue, depending on severity
  • Blisters that may be filled with clear or bloody fluid
  • Numbness, stinging, burning, or tingling
  • Joint pain


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Diagnosis is usually based on symptoms and the findings of the physical exam.

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