The following factors increase the risk of frostbite:

  • Medical conditions that affect your ability to feel or respond to cold, such as dehydration, exhaustion, diabetes and poor blood flow in your limbs
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Smoking
  • Fear, panic or mental illness, if it inhibits good judgment or hampers your ability to respond to cold
  • Previous frostbite or cold injury
  • Being an infant or older adult, both of whom may have a harder time producing and retaining body heat
  • Being at high altitude, which reduces the oxygen supply to your skin
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