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Symptoms follow a predictable pathway. Numbness initially is followed by a throbbing sensation that begins with rewarming and may last weeks to months. This is then typically replaced by a lingering feeling of tingling with occasional electric-shock sensations. Cold sensitivity, sensory loss, chronic pain, and a variety of other symptoms may last for years.
The treatment of frostbite is done over a period of weeks to months. Definitive therapy such as surgery may not be performed for up to 6 months after the initial injury. Therefore, it is important to establish a working relationship between you and your doctor that will continue throughout the healing process.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/30/2014
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