The Difference Between Frostbite and Hypothermia  

sexyldy1000 61F  
10453 posts
1/26/2021 11:21 am
The Difference Between Frostbite and Hypothermia



Here in Ontario, we often have below-zero temperatures for a little more than a third of year. In Canada, each year, there are more than Eighty deaths from over-exposure t.o the cold and there are many injuries resulting from hypothermia and frostbite.

What Frostbite?
Just like how grass in your lawn freezes over in winter, your skin cells too can die from overexposure t.o cold, resulting in damage – characterized by waxy, numb skin – referred t.o as frostbite. It can occur whenever temperatures drop below zero, as that when water in your skin can freeze. Frostbite tends t.o affect extremities, like fingers and toes, since they are more difficult for the body to keep warm. This is why you should always wear warm socks and gloves if you expect t.o be staying outside in sub-zero temperatures for an extended period of time.

How Serious is Frostbite?
Most cases of frostbite are reversible, and begin t.o heal when the affected area is warmed slowly. If not addressed soon enough, permanent damage can occur. When skin cannot be saved, amputation can be necessary t.o prevent infection in the deadened area.

How T.O Treat Frostbite?
Treatment for frostbite revolves around rewarming frozen skin slowly. Although it may be tempting t.o warm a frozen area near a heat source like a fireplace or an electric heater. However, if your skin is numb, you may not register that you are burning skin rather than just rewarming! Instead, remove any wet clothing covering the frostbitten area, and submerge affected skin in warm water. Don’t be alarmed if you feel pain while you rewarm frostbite – this is normal and will usually subside. Drink hot beverages t.o warm your whole body from inside out while avoiding alcohol or caffeinated beverages. However, if a person is also suffering from hypothermia, take caution when offering them something t.o drink as they may also have decreased level of consciousness and impaired swallowing.

When Should I Seek Medical Attention for Frostbite?
If frostbitten skin does not regain feeling or still appears waxy after reheating, you should consult a medical professional for further treatment.

Hypothermia: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment
Many people think hypothermia occurs in arctic temperatures, but they couldn’t be more incorrect. You can suffer from hypothermia in temperatures as high as 10°C if the conditions are wet and windy enough. If left without treatment, hypothermia can lead t.o permanent organ damage and death. That’s why it is important t.o familiarize yourself with symptoms of hypothermia and t.o react quickly should you think that you or a loved one is becoming hypothermic.


Information Source: St. John Ambulance Canada

sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/26/2021 11:26 am

I used to be stubborn about wearing a hat. Now, I make sure I bundle up from head to toe so I can safely enjoy winter walks.
What is the coldest temperatures you have experienced?


coolpoolguy3 55M  
3336 posts
1/26/2021 12:31 pm

Hypothermia's bad because it can sneak up on you, if you're working outside take frequent breaks to warm up and try to ensure you're not working alone so you can check on your work partner.


Paulxx001 64M  
22494 posts
1/26/2021 1:40 pm

I've been out and about in - 40°C (and colder) ; the temperature at which Fahrenheit and Celsius converge.
But I'm a trained professional; I wouldn't recommend that experience for amateurs.
Thanks for the tip. Have a great and safe rest of the day.


bbuckwwheat 63M
6239 posts
1/26/2021 1:48 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    I used to be stubborn about wearing a hat. Now, I make sure I bundle up from head to toe so I can safely enjoy winter walks.
    What is the coldest temperatures you have experienced?
I think the coldest that I have been out in was about -35C (it has been done to -40C here, I was not out in it). And, yes, very little skin is exposed and I am wearing layers and chopper mittens with wool liners.

It has been a mild winter here for the most part. The lowest lows have been about -20C.

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justaguyinalaska 55M
879 posts
1/26/2021 1:54 pm

I have had both frostbite and hypothermia and can vouch that while both are miserable, they are- if promptly diagnosed- quite treatable.

Having spent most of my life living and working in Alaska, I have spent time outside at -60 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that pretty much every square inch of my skin was covered- in some instances by a couple inches of down-filled material- I think I know what it feels like to walk on the moon.


redrockrascal 63M
23524 posts
1/26/2021 2:20 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    I used to be stubborn about wearing a hat. Now, I make sure I bundle up from head to toe so I can safely enjoy winter walks.
    What is the coldest temperatures you have experienced?
It got down to 6 here once a year or so ago. Then I was busy fixing plumbing etc in the cold.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.


Tmptrzz 59F  
106253 posts
1/26/2021 5:31 pm

Such great and important information, I am glad I have never been in the position of getting Hypothermia. I hope your enjoying your evening..

Seduce the mind and see what a wonderful adventure the body will take you on..


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:35 am

    Quoting coolpoolguy3:
    Hypothermia's bad because it can sneak up on you, if you're working outside take frequent breaks to warm up and try to ensure you're not working alone so you can check on your work partner.
Yes, I have heard that can happen. Your suggestions make a lot of sense. Keep safe and keep warm!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:36 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    I've been out and about in - 40°C (and colder) ; the temperature at which Fahrenheit and Celsius converge.
    But I'm a trained professional; I wouldn't recommend that experience for amateurs.
    Thanks for the tip. Have a great and safe rest of the day.
I have also experienced -40C windchill and that was pretty darn cold! Keep warm and keep safe!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:38 am

    Quoting bbuckwwheat:
    I think the coldest that I have been out in was about -35C (it has been done to -40C here, I was not out in it). And, yes, very little skin is exposed and I am wearing layers and chopper mittens with wool liners.

    It has been a mild winter here for the most part. The lowest lows have been about -20C.
Thus far, we have had a somewhat milder winter too. Base temperatures haven't hit double digits many times. The polar vortex has by-passed my area for the most part although the next few nights will be in the -15C to -16 range.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:42 am

    Quoting justaguyinalaska:
    I have had both frostbite and hypothermia and can vouch that while both are miserable, they are- if promptly diagnosed- quite treatable.

    Having spent most of my life living and working in Alaska, I have spent time outside at -60 degrees Fahrenheit. Given that pretty much every square inch of my skin was covered- in some instances by a couple inches of down-filled material- I think I know what it feels like to walk on the moon.
I cannot imagine what -60F is like. People are adaptable and get somewhat used to the extreme temperatures they are exposed to from a young age. We must never take our safety for granted. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your perspective.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:42 am

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    It got down to 6 here once a year or so ago. Then I was busy fixing plumbing etc in the cold.
Keeping covered up and mobile certainly does help!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:44 am

    Quoting  :

Being bundled up and not leaving skin exposed sure makes a difference! I am also happy to return to the comfort of my warm home and a pot of hot tea!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 9:45 am

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    Such great and important information, I am glad I have never been in the position of getting Hypothermia. I hope your enjoying your evening..
I haven't had hypothermia nor frostbite and hope I never do! Take care and keep safe


easyrider4008 65M
2540 posts
1/27/2021 4:18 pm

I will certainly make sure my flies are buttoned up before I go out in those temperatures!


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
1/27/2021 5:15 pm

    Quoting easyrider4008:
    I will certainly make sure my flies are buttoned up before I go out in those temperatures!
Good idea! You don’t want to damage your precious ‘man bits’!


Avonsenior 68M
1421 posts
2/6/2021 4:46 am

Good chilly morning here. And happened upon this blog posting.
We have the below zero (F) wind chill this morning and what the weather people refer to as an Arctic blast. I remember we have had 10 below zero for a few days to a week years ago and most of us survived
The cold bothers me more as of late but I think it is because I have not been out in it as much I used to.
Layering up and always wear a hat is a must and good gloves and scarves /face mask will help here


trixietrixster 54F  
3114 posts
2/6/2021 6:21 am

Blessed that neither of those ever happened to me! Enjoy your day!

In Luv, Lite, Laffter ...


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
2/6/2021 7:41 am

    Quoting Avonsenior:
    Good chilly morning here. And happened upon this blog posting.
    We have the below zero (F) wind chill this morning and what the weather people refer to as an Arctic blast. I remember we have had 10 below zero for a few days to a week years ago and most of us survived
    The cold bothers me more as of late but I think it is because I have not been out in it as much I used to.
    Layering up and always wear a hat is a must and good gloves and scarves /face mask will help here
Across my country it is the Polar Vortex that is plunging temperatures to extremes. Where I am, winter hasn’t been as severe but this week will be challenging. Property clothing, bundling up from head-to-toe and in layers certainly is vital. Thanks for stopping by.


sexyldy1000 61F  
9574 posts
2/6/2021 7:44 am

    Quoting trixietrixster:
    Blessed that neither of those ever happened to me! Enjoy your day!
I too am fortunate to not have had either. Although I have grown up with challenging winter conditions, it is not my favourite season! Keep safe and keep smiling!


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