What is the outlook for someone with frostbite?
Some patients with severe or “deep” frostbite might experience:
- Damage to tendons, muscles, nerves, and bone
- Gangrene (blackened, dead tissue)
- Amputation of infected area
- Arthritis, bone deformities, scars, and skin and nail changes or weakness
Patients with mild to moderate frostbite often become sensitive to cold and pain and may experience ongoing numbness.