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Signs of frostbite

Karl Zebarth, shows off his severe frostbite of the hands he got on New years Eve, at the burn unit at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 9, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
January 13, 2014 - 8:43 AM

Frostbite usually affects more exposed areas of the body, such as the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Here are some signs and symptoms that frostbite has set in:

—A slightly painful, prickly or itching sensation

—Red, white, pale or greyish-yellow skin

—Hard or waxy-looking skin

—A cold or burning feeling


—Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness

—Blistering, in severe cases

—Areas of skin that have turned black, indicating gangrene

Source: Mayo Clinic (

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