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Causes of Frostbite[edit]

it should say the causes of frostbite -- —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

I hope you mean something other than temperatureD-rew 04:24, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
Maybe list cryogenic solids/liquids, like, oh I don't know, dry ice and/or liquid nitrogen in there, since substances like that tend to cause frostbite in much the same way that corrosive substances (acids and bases) cause burns due to exothermic reaction with human flesh (particularly the water in it)... 2602:306:BCA6:8300:C1DE:FF3E:E9C7:EE70 (talk) 05:33, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

The introductory paragraph explains it in pretty good detail... Sahuagin 16:29, 21 January 2007 (UTC) should have something about long term treatments such as the best creams to use

Pain during rewarming[edit]

I'm not entirely sure if this is worthy of a mention, but I had the fingers on my right hand rewarmed after a moderate case of Frostbite, and it was without a doubt the most excruciatingly painful event of my life. The only real description I found in an article was "Once the area is rewarmed, there can be significant pain", which made me wonder what the author's definition of "significant pain" was! Incidentally, the doctor at the time told me there was going to be "some pain" but that pain meant the tissue was still alive. I honestly cannot think of anything more painful, it felt like someone had lit a blowtorch to the bone inside my fingers. Icemotoboy (talk) 22:37, 4 December 2007 (UTC) hi —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:51, 5 December 2007 (UTC) My feet hurts. :( —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:27, 9 February 2010 (UTC)


I though vasoconstriction can occur at temperatures a lot greater than 0 degrees celsius. Vasoconstriction depends on a whole host of factors (psychological, due to spinal injury, temperature etc etc). "Approximately 60% of skin capillary circulation ceases in the temperature range of 3°to 11° C, whereas 35% and 40% of blood flow ceases in arterioles and venules, respectively.[67] Capillary patency is initially restored in thawed tissue, but blood flow declines 3 to 5 minutes later." I got this directly from the book Auerbach: Wilderness Medicine, 5th ed. from MD Consult. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:37, 7 May 2008 (UTC)


I've reassessed this article as a start class because, as of the moment, it's largely unsourced. I'll get to work when I can but I'll be busy until the following weekend. —Cyclonenim (talk · contribs · email) 21:49, 15 September 2008 (UTC)

sharing warmth[edit]

"Contrary to popular belief sharing a sleeping bag or blanket with one or more other people, or even dogs, doesn't help to keep warm." <- i think this is false. why wouldn't it help? it would need a citation at least. what i have found on a web is instead "Finally the old stand stay warm snuggle up to someone or use the Buddy System (share warmth with others). " at . so if no one justifies this i will have to change it —Preceding unsigned comment added by Josepsbd (talkcontribs) 21:30, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Line in Treatment section not understandable[edit]

The line "This may produce a degree in the bodies core temperature and increase the risk of cardiac dysrhythmias" doesn't make sense to me. I'm not positive what the intended meaning is, so I'll leave for someone else to improve. I just wanted to draw attention to it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:02, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

History Section[edit]

I'm removing this section because there doesn't seem to be any relevance to frostbite, except that the victims probably suffered from it during them, and that's a pretty weak connection. Of course, if some of the experiments were meant to "study" frostbite specifically, then that might be worth including. mcs (talk) 13:25, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Frostbite in elephants[edit]

At Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, MA, a 55-year old female Asian elephant named Ruth was found outside during last week's blizzard (1/3/14). She may have been outside in -5 degree F to -8 degree F for one and one half hours. The barn door was left unlocked and she left the heated barn.

The Zoo has said that she had hypothermia and frostbite on her ears and tail. Frostbite takes several weeks to manifest so there may be more.

Her treatment when they found her consisted of applying foil blankets, warm water towel compresses and keeping her near a radiant heater. Portions of her ears were lanced as they bubbled up in order to drain the fluid.

She exhibited edema (swelling) and cellulitis of all four legs. Ruth was given antibiotics to prevent gangrene and aspirin for pain.

The zookeepers also walked her and after about three hours she began "normal shivering," according to zoo records of the incident.

Three weeks after the incident, about half of her ears sloughed surface tissue and the tissue below was revealed as pink.

The tip of her trunk and tail also were frostbitten.

  • First, you didn't provide a reference, but a bigger issue is that this isn't encyclopedic information. This isn't information that people would be looking for when they look up frostbite. Like I said, this is certainly an interesting story, but it doesn't add anything valuable to the article. I applaud you for being bold and making this change. I hope you stick around and continue to contribute wikipedia! Let me know if you have any questions. Attaboy (talk) 21:47, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes we need an overview. Not single cases. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 06:48, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Here's the reference: Actually, it was information that I was looking for when Ruth was left outside.There are multiple cases, including an Illinois zoo elephant, and two Russian circus elephants ( Still, as long as there are elephants kept in cold climates,this is a possible outcome. I also have photos which can be added. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:28, 7 February 2014 (UTC)


There are hundreds of articles that desperately need images, and yet someone decided they'd rather add three pictures of the nastiest feet to this article instead. I don't understand what value that has. Maybe if there was some sort of spoiler that could hide the images as long as a user didn't hover of them, it'd be okay. But seriously, that's making it hard for me to read this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:9:700:5DC:8C18:B6F3:975A:494D (talk) 22:53, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Question -- can an Ice bath cause frostbite?[edit]

Wondering -- if water temperature is cold (but above freezing) can frostbite still happen? Or must there be freezing? There is discussion here.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 13:31, 6 October 2016 (UTC)