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Nurse Practitioner Linda Eckerson at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine has seen several cases of frostbite.

The affected area may be numb. Skin may look white, grayish-yellowish or even black, and may feel hard and waxy. Blistering is also common, as is a "pins and needles" sensation, severe pain, itching and burning.

Get out of cold, wet clothes as soon as possible. Immerse the area in warm water. Do not use hot water. Seek medical help quickly.

With prompt medical attention, most people recover fully from frostbite. In some cases, however, the affected area may need to be amputated if the frozen tissue dies.

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