Frostbite: Don’ts

• DO NOT thaw out a frostbitten area if it cannot be kept thawed. Refreezing may make tissue damage even worse.
• DO NOT use direct dry heat (such as a radiator, campfire, heating pad, or hair dryer) to thaw the frostbitten areas. Direct heat can burn the tissues that are already damaged.
• DO NOT rub or massage the affected area.
• DO NOT disturb blisters on frostbitten skin.
• DO NOT smoke or drink alcoholic beverages during recovery as both can interfere with blood circulation.