Recognizing the signs of frostbite
Frostbite can happen when the temperature falls below 31 degrees. It can become serious and irreversible if not caught early.
The body tissues freeze, feeling like a cold burn. Painful prickling turns into a throbbing sensation and the nerves may go numb. This can cause permanent damage to the skin.
Exposed extremities are more at-risk because they receive lower blood flow.
Also be careful if you are using water when numb, it may be difficult to tell the actual temperature and you don’t want to burn your skin any further.
When kids are playing outside, adults may need to step-in and bring everyone inside for a time, to help prevent frostbite.