Nebraska has been in the deep freeze for days and hospitals around the state have treated people for frostbite. Dr. Micah Ryan is with Boys Town Pediatrics in Omaha and says children are more susceptible because they have thinner skin.
Dr. Ryan says most often they see frostbite on fingers, toes, the nose and ears. He says the first thing to do is re-warm that area. He suggests using warm, not hot water.
Dr. Ryan says frostbitten skin has a pale or yellowish-gray color. He says, “It kills skin and it kills muscle tissue. Not only could you lose appendages but because of all the things after body parts die it could ruin the kidneys and lead to full blown death.” That is why it is so important to contact a physician.
Dr. Ryan says those that must be outside on sub-zero days need to dress in layers. They also need to cover all exposed skin and that includes wearing gloves and a hat.