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Detecting early signs of frostbite could prevent permanent damage

With these bone-chilling temperatures, there are new concerns from emergency medicine specialists (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - With these bone-chilling temperatures, there are new concerns from emergency medicine specialists. They want all of us to know the early warning signs of frostbite.

Specialists at the Cleveland Clinic say while many of us think of this as just cold fingers that can warm up, that's not always true.

Frostbite occurs when the soft tissues of the skin begin to freeze.

Frostbite most commonly affects the extremities, such as the fingers, nose, toes and face.

In these temperatures, the early signs can set in quickly, so if you feel pain in your fingers, nose, toes or face or your skin changes color, it's suggested you get inside and warm up.

The extent of the frostbite damage can depend on how cold it is outside, so keep as much of your skin covered and dry to prevent it.

If you think there is damage, get emergency help.

If these ever re-freeze when there's damage, you could have permanent complications.

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