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Frostbite on Fingers After 4 Weeks

New Raw Skin Replaces the Frostbitten Tissue


Updated May 31, 2013

Frostbitten Fingers After 4 Weeks
(c) Dan Darley
Dan Darley shares this picture of his frostbitten fingers taken 4 weeks after they were frozen. His flickr photo page says he was in Yellowknife, NT, Canada preparing for a trip to the North Pole.

This frostbite started out looking waxy and white, which is the classic description of frostbite in many textbooks. After 2 weeks, the injury turned black and the skin was peeling, similar to the way a healing burn begins to peel.

After the damaged skin tissue falls off, new, raw skin replaces it. In this case, Dan says the frostbitten fingers looked better in a month, but it took several more weeks for the injury to feel completely healed.

Frostbite is a cold injury to the skin. Frostbite damages skin similar to the way a burn works. Frostbite symptoms can be very similar to burns; frostbite causes discoloration, swelling and tissue death (necrosis).

Have a frostbite picture you'd like to share? Tell us about your experience, see other readers' frostbite injuries, and submit your own frostbite picture.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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