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By Daniel Reminga
January 31, 2014
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"Frostbite"  Radio interview on WMPL/WKMJ

Well…it’s still cold outside!
The polar vortex is part of our vocabulary this winter. Basically, that means it’s brutally cold. In Part 1, of…”Cold Weather and Foot Pain”, we talked about how cold weather and winter storms affect our bodies and joints. Today, Dr. Daniel Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center in Houghton, MI is going to address the cold weather subject …Frostbite. In Part 3 of our cold weather series, Dr. Reminga will examine Raynaud’s Disease, another cold weather condition that affects the feet.

So, Let’s look at Frostbite
The cold weather can present real dangers to the human body. One of the dangers is frostbite. Frostbite can occur in temperatures 23 degrees F and below.

Dr. Reminga says, “It’s important to be aware of the hazards cold weather presents to the body, specifically to the feet and hands. Frostbite is one of those hazards. Frostbite first appears where body tissue is exposed to extreme cold. As a result, blood circulation becomes limited in areas such as the fingers, toes, nose and ears. Frostbite is literally frozen tissues and fluids in the skin which effects the extremities…toes, feet, and fingers."

How to tell if you have frostbite…
At the start of frostbite, feeling is lost in the affected area. The frozen tissue will appear white or pale and the skin becomes hard. As the tissue continues to cool, the damaged tissue will become inflamed and swollen.” Dr. Reminga says that frostbite patients present with the following complaints…pain, numbness, tingling, loss of movement, and a burning sensation. He also warns that the feet are particularly susceptible to frostbite. Dr. Reminga continues, “The risk of frostbite increases with impaired circulation, such as those with diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, and those taking beta-blocker drugs.” Dr. Reminga says, “Your skin will become cold with the appearance of a blister forming a day after being exposed to cold weather. The skin may also look like a burn is forming in the affected area, often within a day after exposure. This red, swollen tissue is a warning sign to be aware of with frostbite as well as numbness and the loss of feeling. At Northern Foot Care Center, we have seen many cases of frostbite already this winter season, it is not to be taken lightly.”

What to do if you suspect Frostbite…
In most cases, frostbite is treatable however; severe frostbite can lead to loss of skin and muscle.” It is highly recommended, at the first sign of Frostbite in the feet and hands, that you call 482-9950, or click http://www.northernfootcare.com/appointment.html to make an appointment. Dr. Reminga, a board certified foot and ankle specialist, will diagnose and treat your frostbite, preventing any further damage to skin and tissue. Dr. Reminga offers some first-aid suggestions if you suspect frostbite. “When you first suspect frostbite, hold the frostbitten area close to a warm part of your body. This will help return blood flow to the affected area. The first stage of frostbite is called frostnip. Frostnip irritates the skin but doesn’t cause permanent damage. If frostnip is suspected, slowly warm the skin with warm, not hot, water. Warming your skin is an effective first step. Severe frostbite, however, requires medical attention.” Dr. Reminga warns of damage to the skin, tissues, muscle and bones. Extreme frostbite can lead to infection, tissue death (gangrene), nerve damage, and in some cases, amputation of fingers and toes.

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