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Frostbitten skin

Hand with frostbitten fingers, and detail of fingers with blisters or black skin

Frostbite is more likely to affect the ring finger, pinky finger, tips of the fingers, and outside of the hand, which are harder to keep warm. Frostbite will cause the skin to turn white or blue. In more severe cases, pus-filled blisters may form or the skin may turn black.

Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine