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Frostbite Medical Treatment
After initial life-threatening problems are excluded or managed, rewarming is the highest priority in medical care.
After rewarming, post-thaw care is undertaken in order to prevent infection and a continuing lack of oxygen to the area.
People with frostbite are hospitalized for at least 1 to 2 days to determine the extent of injury and to receive further treatment.
A number of experimental therapies do exist, many of which aim to further treat the inflammation or decreased blood flow seen in frostbite. As of yet, none of these treatments has proven beneficial.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/30/2014
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