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.

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