How To Treat Frostbite Effectively [Infographic]

NSW is currently shivering its way through one of the worst cold snaps in memory. Last night, Sydney temperatures dropped to 10 degrees or under – which was a rude shock after weeks of balmy Autumn weather. While we haven’t reached frostbite season yet, it can never hurt to be prepared. This infographic explains what to do when Jack Frost tries to bit your nose off.

Frostbite can cause serious harm to your extremities or areas of exposed skin. Fortunately, it’s possible to mitigate the damage by treating the affected areas before it gets too bad. This graphic from the Art of Manliness website explains what to do if you’re ever exposed to dangerously cold temperatures.

In cases of frostbite, the skin is often so numb that you won’t experience much pain, leading to the mistaken belief that everything is okay. In other words, it pays to keep a watchful eye on your extremities. The key is to watch for skin that starts to redden, then becomes unusually pale and firm.

If you do suspect you have frostbite, dab the affected area dry and keep it covered until you’re indoors. Then soak it in water heated to around 40 degrees Celsius. (Be sure to keep adding warm water to maintain the temperature.) Once colour and feeling has returned to the area, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention ASAP. Check out the infographic below for more information.

[Via The Art of Manliness]