Fast Five Quiz: Can You Properly Identify and Treat Frostbite?

C. Crawford Mechem, MD, MS


January 15, 2015

The most commonly affected group includes men aged 30-49 years, although all age groups are at risk. In one case study, the mean patient age was 41 years. Younger children have less adaptive behavioral reaction to cold stress; therefore, they have a greater risk for frostbite.

Most frostbite victims are male. This disparity may result from increased outdoor activity among males as opposed to genetic predisposition. Gender variations in susceptibility to cold-related injuries may exist that have not yet been fully elucidated.

For more on the epidemiology of frostbite, read here.


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