Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
The following factors increase the risk of frostbite:
Oct. 15, 2014
- 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
- 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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