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Old 08-25-2005, 08:47 PM   #1
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Question Frostbite - will my finger fall off?

I got frostbite on a finger and i'm worried about whether my finger will fall off.

It happened 6 days ago, and on the top of my finger (by my knuckle) the skin feels burned and is dark red, and a blister formed. That seems normal i guess.

What i'm worried about is my finger tip, which got more frozen than the top of the finger. The skin surrounding my fingertip is hard and i can't feel anything on the surface of it. It looks pretty normal - never got dark/burned red. But everything is totally numb, although i can feel pressure applied to it.

Is there anything I can do to treat this, and how serious is it?

Thanks! Jim

 
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Old 08-31-2005, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: Frostbite - will my finger fall off?

can i ask just how in the heck you actually got frostbite in all this heat??just curious.what you described really does not sound too good.basically frostbite and its varying degrees are comparable to the same degrees as an actual burn because of the type and extent of skin damage.it is all pretty much the same thing,really.You should really see a doc and have that entire finger evaluated as soon as possible.The fact that the tip is hard and you cannot feel it would indicate a possible third degree type burn effect which 'can' and i say 'can' result in loss of the tip and some surrounding tissue as well.A third degree will basically 'kill" the skin and all underneath it,so what you have is dead tissue.This could be what is going on with you.But you really do need to have a doc look at this because if this indeed dead tissue it will have to be removed or you will end up with a very severe infection.I am not trying to freak you out here, honestly,just informing you of what you might be facing here.has the tip area started to turn any sort of a darkesh color at all?If you see any sort of darkening of that tip or in any other part of the affected area,please get to your doc and have it all evaluated.this would indicate that the area is dying or already dead.See your doc today and please let me know what you find out.If this is not indeed full thickness damage there 'may' be enough time to still save it.good luck,FB

 
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