Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To care for your skin after frostbite:

  • Take all medications — antibiotics or pain medicine — as prescribed by your doctor. For milder cases of frostbite, take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • For superficial frostbite that has been rewarmed, apply aloe vera gel or lotion to the affected area several times a day to reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid further exposure to cold and wind.
  • Don't walk on frostbitten feet.
  • Don't apply direct heat or rub the area.
  • Don't break blisters that may develop. Blisters act like a bandage. Allow blisters to break on their own. 

Oct. 15, 2014

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