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How do medications treat frostbite?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For more extreme cases of frostbite, medical procedures may be required. However, oral antibiotics can be used to treat infections in frostbite areas where blisters have formed.

In some cases, pain medication is given to frostbite patients as their doctors re-warm the skin to help ease pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs keep the affected area from becoming irritated and swollen. Because infection is a serious risk, oral antibiotics are often prescribed for the patient as a precaution.

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