/ Frost nip recovery

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philhilo - on 25 Feb 2013
After a very wet (disappeared into streams under knee snow + left spare gloves in rucksac at base of route, doh!) then very cold long day I ended up with numb finger tips and toes. As these did not go away quickly I guess that it was frost nip. Some 4 weeks later I have minimal tingling in some tips, but still a good deal of numbness in the pads on the toes on my left foot. Is there anything I can do to improve the feeling in my toes as it is very odd climbing in rock boots when you cannot feel your toes? I suspect from reading I will get extra hot aches in my fingers - nice thought for the weekend!
purplemonkeyelephant - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo:

From my experience with frostnip the agonizing hot aches were instant upon thawing, I didn't know you could get them a month later? There are many herbal and medicinal ways to improve circulation, I wouldn't like to recommend any to a stranger, but if you think you have damaged your extremities then I'm not sure what would help.
Scott_vzr on 25 Feb 2013
Have you been to your GP ? Something that has lasted that long needs looked at.
Andy Nisbet - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo:

I think you'll just need to be patient and unless the tissue was actually frozen, then the feeling should recover. Can take a while though; nerves grow back very slowly.
kbow265 - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo: I got the same thing just before Christmas, and although my hands were better within a month or so my toes still feel a bit numb. They're getting better though. Recently got the ability back in my right foot to feel temperature. Hot aches as bad as they were before.
Pay Attention - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo:

A&E got me to use vaseline-based hand cream to massage into my hands after a bout of frost nip.

I imagine it's the massage to stimulate circulation, rather than a particular cream, that helps. Slow process though. Took several months to get better, and fingers do now get cold much faster than they used to.

Paul
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philhilo - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to Pay attention: Hi Paul, advice from someone who was number one in the photo of the week - must be good! I was holding the ropes the previous week or two!
philhilo - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo: Thanks all, confirms my thoughts - just have to let it repair slowly.....and try not to get it any worse this weekend, bring it on!
Misha - on 25 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo:
I was going to suggest asking Paul! You could also ask Adam, I think he knows a bit about mountain medicine type stuff and is a GP. My 2p's worth is if the haven't dropped off yet, they should get better ;-) Strangely, I've not had proper hot aches yet this season...
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Jim C - on 26 Feb 2013
In reply to philhilo: I have heard of people using condoms to protect and operate electrical devices on the hill, and also people who have tampons opened up and used to light fires, so what about Viagra for frost nip?

They use it for little babies circulation, so maybe it would work, and if so ,it would be an interesting addition to your kit!

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