The following factors increase your risk of frostbite:

  • Medical conditions that affect your ability to feel or respond to cold, such as dehydration, exhaustion, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy or circulatory problems
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Smoking
  • 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
Oct. 07, 2011