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Frost Nip/ Mild Frost Bite Advice

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Spencer V · · Golden, CO · Joined May 2012 · Points: 95

Hey all,

Just got back form an Alaska Trip and unfortunately got a little frost nip or mild frostbite on my toes.

Went to the doctor and they said there is no tissue damage and most likely only superficial nerve damage which is good news 

However, I still have a bit of tingling/ burning and pain in my toes.  It was feeling better until I went climbing at Indian Creek this past weekend and I think that really pissed them off.

Anyone have any experience with treating/ recovering? 

Wondering if there is anything I can do to accelerate healing? 

Any ideas how long this will last or the chances of it being permanent?


Bill Shubert · · Lexington, MA · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 55

I've had mild frostbite on my toes a couple times; in my case, I got those big balloonlike blisters that enclose each toe, but the fluid inside was clear, which usually means healthy. I just took it easy until the blisters subsided. Whenever I tried to use the toes, they would sting and tingle, so I would back off. Once the blisters were gone they still tingled a little bit, but I ignored it at that point and it faded over time. As far as I can tell I had no permanent effects.

So if your case is similar to mine, just ease up until the blisters are gone. Best of luck with your recovery.

JohnnyG · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 10

I have had the same thing, and so have several friends of mine. Alaska will do this to you.

The tingling will go away. Might take a few months

Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 653

Rest your toes. Take a month off from climbing/wearing climbing shoes and train your cardio - I rode my bike a lot when I had frost nip.  The tingling went away in a couple of weeks but it took about 6 months for sensation to return fully.  Once the tingling was completely gone for a week or two, I was able to climb without issues in climbing shoes.  

Spencer V · · Golden, CO · Joined May 2012 · Points: 95

Thanks everyone

Fortunately I didn't get any blisters or anything

Now they just plain hurt when I walk

Was thinking biking might be a good thing to do

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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