(HealthDay News) -- Frostbite is a serious injury caused by extreme cold, which results in skin discoloration and loss of feeling. The nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes are most often affected.
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To avoid permanent damage, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges the public to seek immediate medical care.
Until immediate medical care is available, the CDC suggests:
- Get into a warm room.
- Immerse the affected area in warm water, or with body heat.
- Do not use a heating pad, lamp or stove for warming.
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