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Health Tip: Frostbite

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(HealthDay News) -- Frostbite is a serious injury caused by extreme cold, which results in skin discoloration and loss of feeling. The nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes are most often affected.

To avoid permanent damage, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges the public to seek immediate medical care.

Until immediate medical care is available, the CDC suggests:

  • Get into a warm room.
  • Immerse the affected area in warm water, or with body heat.
  • Do not use a heating pad, lamp or stove for warming.

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