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Comment from: Montana Merce, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I have had frost bite complications on two toes for eight years. They turn colors and itch and peel.

Comment from: Papsan10, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 08

In 1952, while serving in North Korea in the area of Pork Chop hill, the month was March. The outfit I was with was ordered to turn in all the winter gear and draw summer outfits. The very night it snowed and we moved to a new position but took about eight hours. Being in a cramped position for such a long time, my feet became numb and I could not stand on them. When I finally had a chance to go bed (in a sleeping bag with boots on), my feet where burning and I could not sleep. The next morning, I reported to the medics and they sent me to field hospital where they cut my boots and found blisters and burst them, wrapped them with gauze and sent me back to duty. My feet killed me that day and night. I went back the next day and I was put on a stretcher and eventually sent to the 121st Evacuation Hospital and remained there for three weeks under a blanket with a light bulb on my (great) toes. I have not had any treatment, since but only to be compensated with a 10% disability while I have struggled in pain with horrible nail growth and tingling that has grown worse over the years. I wonder if amputation would have been better.

Comment from: Ilona, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

Two years ago, I noticed odd, dark-blue areas on several of my toes. I went to a podiatrist, who diagnosed frostbite. She was surprised that I could have it without knowing. I suspect that initially it was mild, but that the weekly pedicures in hot water I was giving myself at the time increased the damage to the tissues. I now know to avoid extremes of temperature on my toes, but to this day one of my toes in particular is much darker than the others, almost purple. From time to time, the side of it swells up looks quite a bit redder, and is very tender to the touch, and then, after a while, the redness fades (back to its normal bluish-purple), and the discomfort goes away. Sometimes the end of the toe develops what looks like a callous, a patch of skin which grows dryer and whiter and which, after a few days, falls off. This isn't usually uncomfortable. It's not serious, but it is kind of odd to watch your toe morph into and out of weird states of being...

Comment from: A.K., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I went to Antarctica in Feb/March this year (2010) and stupidly kept leaving the gloves off my left hand in order to keep changing and cleaning the lenses on my main camera as it was snowing heavily on some days. I found that my left hand (although there was no VISIBLE damage) went 'claw like' and would freeze into a position, it was also very painful. I kept it in warm wearing waterproof gloves from then on, but for three weeks it remained very painful to move any of the fingers. Once back at home it continued to hurt and so I wore a light colored wool glove over it to work each day. I noticed that if I carried a shopping bag in that hand it would again freeze into the curled position and I would single handedly have to uncurl each finger to straighten my hand back out. It is now June and I am still having to do that now, the hand is still very painful on certain days, but not every day, damp weather affects it and when it's cooler, it will get very painful. I am right handed luckily, but as I type this my left hand is covered in a warm woolen glove.

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