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Frostbite

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

So I remember years ago I had a patient who came in who had frostbite all across her toes because she was at a Broncos game during a playoff and she was freezing, but it was a really good game and so she stayed until she got frostbite on all of her toes. All right, let’s not do that, but let’s say that you’re out and about and you’re getting very cold like really cold. I need you to get to shelter and warm your skin up, but if you’re gonna be able to warm your skin up but not be able to keep it warm then you’re probably doing more harm than good from going to super cold to warm back to super cold. So a general rule of thumb is avoid it in the first place. If you’re caught out there in an emergency situation and you’re gonna be able to stay warm then warm the area up slowly, controlled and gentle but if you know that you’re gonna be going from super cold to just warm for a little bit, back to super cold, might not want to warm it up in the first place. But guys we got to prevent this stuff and we’re talking about extremes, emergencies where you have no other option. Not being at a Broncos game and wanting to see how it ends. Don’t lose all ten little piggies just to watch a football game.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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