01/13/2014 11:43 EST | Updated 03/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Do I Have Frostbite? Signs And Symptoms

Frostbite usually affects more exposed areas of the body, such as the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Here are some signs and symptoms that frostbite has set in:

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—A slightly painful, prickly or itching sensation

—Red, white, pale or greyish-yellow skin

—Hard or waxy-looking skin

—A cold or burning feeling


—Clumsiness due to joint and muscle stiffness

—Blistering, in severe cases

—Areas of skin that have turned black, indicating gangrene

Source: Mayo Clinic (