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Mild frostbite Q:

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thought some fellow skiers could now:
I caught a mild frostbite on my fingertips windsurfing a couple of days ago. It gets on my nerves when typing on a computer keyboard, but nothing threatening. If i were surgeon or made my living repairing watches, i'd have to call in sick tomorrow though.
Is there anything to put on to help it heal quicker? Or do i just have to sit it out? I hope it goes away soon... Want to start my skiing season next weekend w/o worries.
post #2 of 12
I don't know of any magic cream. But wear thicker wet suit gloves and keep your hands warmer when outside or skiing for the next many months. If you don't you will pay for it with either pain or more damage. Remember, this nerve damage can be irreversable if the damage was significant.

In the end you may want to see a Dr. if things don't get better. Might help, but I don't have a whole lot of hope.

Good Luck.

post #3 of 12
I've had the numb fingertips experience a number of times over the 60 or so winters I've been allowed to play outside. I've not had nerve difficulties after the pain of thawing out ended, but I've had sore fingertips (a gentle touch to typing required, for example) that lasted a day or three.

I'd recommend that when you go skiing, you wear a mitten instead of a glove and you have a supply of those handwarmer products you shake or squeeze to activate and then drop into the mitten.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Kneale, about handwarmer products: who sells them, pharmacy?
post #5 of 12
I'm talking about the hand and toe-warmer packages all ski shops seem have next to the cash register, along with the antifog cloths and lip balms. Some of them last a whole day. As in: http://www.warmhandsnow.com/
post #6 of 12
Wear dry gloves and change them often if it hasn't cleared up by skiing time. nI have never gotten frostbite, but I know this helps keep hands warm because I have bad circulation to my hands. I do this as a mater of comfort
post #7 of 12
For a cheaper supply of the disposable handwarmers try Costco or Home Depot. I've seen them by the case there for something like $17 for 40 pair. (vs. $1.50 to $2 a pair when you buy one at a time.) I guess you could also ask your local ski shop what they would charge you by the case for a cheaper price. I haven't had to use them yet this year, but I always keep a pair stashed in my jacket. They say they only last a few hours but I've still felt them a bit warm the next morning.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys, great advise! Fortunatly my fingertips are slowly getting better, i normally curse having an office job, but in this case...
Disposable Handwarmers, hmm, maybe i can find some!
post #9 of 12
For the future, you need to take extra precautions to prevent frostbite. Once you get it, those areas are more susceptible to future frostbite damage.
post #10 of 12
Don't forget that your body will shunt away blood and warmth from less critical areas (like fingers and toes) to keep more critical areas warm (like your head). A crucial way to keep your extremities warm is to keep your body core warm, especially your head. If you're worried about your fingers getting cold easily, the mittens and handwarmers will help, but a good, warm hat is key.
post #11 of 12
I wonder if frostbite bears some relationship to circulation, that mittens work not only for the added warmth of fingers together but for the tiny bit of extra movement they're allowed in regard to each other. How did or does soaking your hands work? How does rubbing and flexing them? Also I wonder how badly they were frostbitten as to preclude or recommend these types of activities. For example, it seems rubbing some kind of lotion might stimulate the hands for the rubbing as well what the ointment might contain.

In this regard, I would wonder if aspirin would help in thining the blood to get to the formerly frozen parts or if it'd be bad because it would adversely affect blood pressue you need to get blood into those areas again.

Is there a doctor in the house???

post #12 of 12
Pharmacist - but I'm with Prosper - keep head/core warm
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