Is FROSTBITE a contraindication to For Body Wraps And Electrical Treatments, For Eyelash Extensions And Perming, For Facial, For Manicure And Pedicure, For Massage, For Waxing?

Frostbite is an injury caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues. First your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite.

Signs and Symptoms

While a massage therapist is most likely to encounter just the first stage, there are four degrees of frostbite severity, each with their own symptoms:

1 First Degree – Known as frostnip, this affects only the skin’s surface. Initial symptoms are itching and pain, and some numbness may exist. These symptoms are usually not permanent.

2 Second Degree – This level involves freezing of the skin, but not deep tissue. The affected area usually will develop blisters one to two days after cold exposure.

3 Third Degree – Possibly causing a temporary loss of use of the affected area, this level is deep enough to involve tissue, muscle and tendons. The skin turns hard and waxy and purplish, and blood-filled blisters may be present.

4 Fourth Degree – Freezing tissue, muscle and tendon, this is the most severe stage of frostbite. The affected area suffers permanent loss of function and is at risk for possible amputation due to infection.

Medical help should be sought right away to prevent permanent tissue damage, as the extent of the injury may not be apparent until the area is re-warmed. If medical care is not available immediately, a mildly frostbitten area can be warmed in warm water (101 – 104° F), or by repeatedly applying warm cloths to the area for 30 minutes. Never use hot water, fire, a heating pad, or other dry heat because these methods may burn the skin before the feeling returns.

Because the affected area may swell, remove any jewelry before re-warming. You can also give the person with frostbite something warm to drink (no alcohol or caffeine).

Is FROSTBITE CONTAGIOUS?

No
, contraindication "FROSTBITE" is NOT contagious!

Signs and symptoms for FROSTBITE

  • First Degree – Initial symptoms are itching and pain, and some numbness may exist. These symptoms are usually not permanent
  • Second Degree – The affected area usually will develop blisters one to two days after cold exposure
  • Third Degree – The skin turns hard and waxy and purplish, and blood-filled blisters may be present
  • Fourth Degree – The affected area suffers permanent loss of function and is at risk for possible amputation due to infection

When we have a client who has FROSTBITE

Facials
Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree - Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place. First Degree - Caution may be required.
Waxing
Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place.
Body Treatments
Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree - Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place. First Degree - If frostbite is suspected, a therapist should never apply any massage techniques to the affected area.
Eye Treatments
Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree - Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place. First Degree - Caution may be required.
Massages
Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree - Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place. If frostbite is suspected, a therapist should never apply any massage techniques to the affected area.
Nail Treatments
Second Degree, Third Degree and Fourth Degree - Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place. First Degree - Caution may be required.

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