Cold Weather Injuries

Part II, Related Cold Weather Injuries

Make sure you have read part I of this II part series first!

Cold weather injuries can occur even if temperatures are above freezing.  Some of the more common are Chilblains, frostbite and trench foot


Chilblains is a common cold related injury.  It may develop several hours after exposure to the cold.  They are painful, itchy, red to purple areas of swelling usually affecting the fingers, toes, nose and ears; but can be seen on other areas of the body.  Occasionally blisters and small sores will be seen in some individuals but not always.  These lesions can take several weeks to heal and the area can remain sensitive to cold.  If found, cover the area with a dry sterile dressing and address re-warming the patient.

Frostbite is the [click to continue…]