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Health Tip: Recognizing Frostbite

When to call the doctor

(HealthDay News) -- Frostbite occurs when the skin has been exposed to dangerously cold temperatures. Most common on the nose, cheeks, lips, chin, ears, fingers and toes, it can cause permanent skin damage.

Here are some warning signs of frostbite, courtesy of the University of Virginia Health System:

  • Redness of the skin.
  • Very painful skin or numbness.
  • White or gray/yellow skin.
  • Very firm or waxy-feeling skin.
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