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Cold Hands and Feet (cont.)

Follow-up

Follow-up care for cold injuries includes the following:

  • Protect the injured area from further damage.
  • Elevate the injured area.
  • Take medications as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Practice good nutrition.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Check the wound periodically.
  • Infection: If there are any signs of infection, such as increased pain or redness, increased swelling, fever, pus, or red streaks on the skin, you should return to the emergency department or your doctor's office immediately.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/14/2013

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