Focuses on How Cold Exposure Leads to Frostnip

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With record snow and ice storms hitting all parts of the country, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of frostnip, and to learn how to avoid it. offers information and products for people who are challenged by the extreme cold.

The historic storms that have pounded the country this year have left more than just stranded cars and snow drifts. Many people affected by the storms have suffered from cold weather exposure injuries. Frostnip is a common cold weather injury found on the tips of the fingers and toes. Frostnip differs from frostbite by the depth and severity of cellular damage caused by the cold exposure. is using the month of February to focus on cold weather injuries.

Dr. Jeffrey Oster, a podiatrist in Granville, Ohio explained the difference; "Frostnip results from extended exposure, and repeated exposure to cold. The tips of the toes begin a rapid exfoliation to expel the superficially damaged cells. The tips of the toes become red and flakey and look as if they have eczema or a staff infection." Dr. Oster said that contributing factors to frostnip include smoking, use of beta blockers and a history of Raynaud's Disease.

Treatment of frostnip begins with avoidance of cold exposure. "We often work with a patient's family doctor to change their hypertension medications during the cold weather months. Several high blood pressure medications can contribute to frostnip while others can actually be used to treat it. Shoe warmers and L-arginine creams such as Warm Cream can also be used to prevent frostnip."

For additional information regarding frostnip, Dr. Oster suggests visiting where he acts as medical director. is a consumer oriented web site that provides educational resources for foot and ankle problems.

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