Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. First our skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite. But frostbite can occur on skin covered by gloves or other clothing.
Frostnip is a milder form of cold injury that doesn't cause permanent skin damage.
Signs and symptoms of frostbite include:
Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Because of skin numbness, y
Frostbite occurs in several stages:
Frostbite occurs when skin and underlying tissues freeze. The most common cause of frostbite is exposure to cold-weather conditions. But it can also be caused by direct contact with ice, frozen metal or very cold liquids.
Specific conditions that lead to frostbite include:
The following factors increase the risk of frostbite:
Complications of frostbite include:
Agaricus Muscarius - is the first remedy that comes to mind for chilblains, as it produces the stinging and itchy sensations in the toes and feet that are characteristic of frostbite. If no other remedy is specifically indicated, use Agaricus.
Agaricus features the swelling, burning, redness, cramping, and skin eruptions that itch and burn. Some patients experience lasting redness after frostbite and symptoms of rosacea; some experience swollen veins with the cold skin. It is good to keep in mind that the more serious effects of hypothermia are addressed by this remedy, namely the irregular, tumultuous palpitation of the heart, which can take place when hypothermia has progressed. In general, these patients’ symptoms are all worse for open, cold air; worse after eating, worse after coitus, and worse before a thunderstorm. Slow movement brings about amelioration.
Nux Vomica - is a good homeopathic medicine for Frostbite to consider if there is superficial inflammation with bright red swelling and burning itch. We can recognize the need for this remedy when the skin begins to crack and bleed as it warms, as well as if we see the typical Nux Vomica emotional state: extreme irritation, anger, and a kind of denial/denouncement of the situation. Where there is bleeding, cracked skin or inflamed, swollen, painful red heels bathed in unpleasant-smelling moisture,
Arsenicum Album - tendency in the frozen skin leans towards gangrene. Blackish vesicles may be present on the affected parts. Don’t forget to look for the characteristic fussy anxiety and restlessness of this patient.
Sulphur - frosbite has a tendency to suppurate, and if its burning itchiness only gets worse once the part warms up in bed. In cases where the swelling and itching is violent,