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Old 02-18-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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Alright everyone. When I'm outside in the cold my feet (mostly toes) turn bright white and go numb to the point that it feels like I don't have any toes. This has been happening for about 3 months now. For example yesterday I was outside cleaning out the car, it was in the upper 20s. I was wearing regular socks with sneakers and within only 10 minutes of being outside my feet started to go numb. When I came inside I could no longer feel 2 of my toes and when I took off my socks found that my big toe, one next to it and the skin under it was bright white and had absolutely no feeling. I made a doctors appointment but its going to be 2 weeks before I can get in. I took a picture of my foot to show the color difference, this picture was taken about 8-10 minutes after I was back in a warm house.

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Old 02-18-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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What are the warning signs of frostbite?

At the first signs of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin—frostbite may be beginning. Any of the following signs may indicate frostbite:
  • a white or grayish-yellow skin area
  • skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
  • numbness
Note: A victim is often unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb.

CDC Winter Weather | FAQ

I would try thicker socks and boots if you are going to be outside in the cold for extended periods of time.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I don't know.
There was no direct exposure and she was only outside for a very short time.
It does look like frostbite though. I've had my ear lobes frostbit before (many years ago) and that was the color ... or lack of it.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Raynaud's syndrome.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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Raynaud's syndrome.
One of the outcomes of Raynaud's syndrome is gangrene!!!

" Rarely, poor oxygen supply to the tissue can cause the tips of the digits to ulcerate. Ulcerated digits can become infected. With continued lack of oxygen, gangrene of the digits can occur."

And do we have a doctors visit on our calender YET ???
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Agree with ViralMD.

Looks like possible Raynaud's Phenomenon/Syndrome.

Gangrene is a rare event with regards to Raynaud's.

You should consult with a physician as Raynaud's is sometimes secondary to other autoimmune diseases.

Depending on your level of discomfort, there are many options for treatment.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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One of the outcomes of Raynaud's syndrome is gangrene!!!

" Rarely, poor oxygen supply to the tissue can cause the tips of the digits to ulcerate. Ulcerated digits can become infected. With continued lack of oxygen, gangrene of the digits can occur."

And do we have a doctors visit on our calender YET ???
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:17 AM
 
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One of the outcomes of Raynaud's syndrome is gangrene!!!

" Rarely, poor oxygen supply to the tissue can cause the tips of the digits to ulcerate. Ulcerated digits can become infected. With continued lack of oxygen, gangrene of the digits can occur."

And do we have a doctors visit on our calender YET ???
I've had Raynaud's for over 50 years, and still have ten fingers and ten toes. It's RARE that the complications you cite occur.
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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As a former ski patroller, I would think this is not frostbite. The recovery (warmup) from frostbite, or even just being very cold, is very painful sensations as the extremity warms. You did not report this sign.
Instead I would be concerned about reduced peripheral circulation. You should consult your doctor, and perhaps a podiatrist, and have an evaluation for diabetes.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:48 AM
 
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I've had Raynaud's for over 50 years, and still have ten fingers and ten toes. It's RARE that the complications you cite occur.
Good to know. However, it only takes that one person who ignores this condition based on your experience to be the one to suffer with Gangrene. This is where a doctor needs to make the call on how to treat/manage this condition rather than any of us even if we mean well. The doctor gets last word IMO.
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