The word 'frostbite' probably brings to mind images of Himalayan mountain climbers with icy beards and blackened fingertips. But frostbite doesn't happen only in these extreme conditions, and there are many levels of severity. This quiz will help you recognize the symptoms and give you some tips on what to do if you're ever stricken with frostbite.
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When you have frostbite, ice crystals form in your skin cells.
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The first stage of frostbite is called frostnip.
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One of the first signs of frostbite is a white outline around your mouth.
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If you're feeling tingling in your extremities, your skin is also probably starting to lose its pigmentation.
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After your skin becomes red, it will start turning white.
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If you're still out in the elements after your skin turns white, you'll notice that your fingernails are turning yellow.
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You should never try to warm frostbitten skin by putting it in hot water.
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If you're unable to get to shelter, the best thing you can do is start rubbing your skin as vigorously as possible.
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If you can, try to put gauze or cloth between your fingers and toes to prevent them from sticking together.
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Whatever you do, don't remove any of your clothes, even if they're wet.
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Even if you think there's a chance of your skin refreezing, you should try to thaw it out.
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Severe frostbite can penetrate all the way through to the bone.
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If you have severe frostbite and are able to warm your skin, it will form a blister that will turn black and harden into a shell.
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The blister will show up immediately after you rewarm your skin.
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Frostbite occurs most often in young children and the elderly.
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Gloves offer more protection against frostbite than mittens do.
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Smoking increases the risk for frostbite because it decreases lung capacity.
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You can get a fever from frostbite.
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One case of frostbite increases your risk of developing it again.
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