I got frostbite

Wisnu

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Despite my success to reach the summit of mt. Ararat (5137 masl), due to very bad weather (-12C + 55 km/h wind speed) and few thing went wrong, I got frostbite on four of my left hand fingers, not sure the level but middle finger is the worst.
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Immediately when I reach camp 2. I dipped my fingers into warn water. But the swelling was getting worst.
There was a doctor in other climber group from Ukraine, but no help I got from him except a short words "not good", noted he doesn't speak English well.

Anyway, when we reach the hotel in Dogubeyazit city, my guide brought a doctor to remove water from my swollen middle finger using a needle. He then arrange another guy to treat my fingers with traditional herbs, covered and wrapped with fabric for one night.

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In the morning I open it, and I can see the swelling is significantly reduced although the middle finger still produce small liquid until now. I apply bandage to middle finger and notice yellow stains.

I'm on the way to Istanbul right now, will stay one night (to get PCR test) before my flight back to Cairo.
I'm not sure if any benefit to visit clinic in Istanbul in current situation.
I have no experience with frostbite, any suggestions are appreciated before I get better treatment in Cairo.
 

IndoTom

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Don't underestimate the severity of frostbite. Seek real treatment because where you are. I doubt they know anything about it in the tropical weather countries. People loose toes and fingers from frostbite.
 

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Don't underestimate the severity of frostbite. Seek real treatment because where you are. I doubt they know anything about it in the tropical weather countries. People loose toes and fingers from frostbite.

And more(nose, ears, arms)
 

Wisnu

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Don't underestimate the severity of frostbite. Seek real treatment because where you are. I doubt they know anything about it in the tropical weather countries. People loose toes and fingers from frostbite.
I don't underestimate. I did contact ISOS and get more proper treatment in Istanbul - consultation with orthopaedic specialist + a blood thinner injection that cost me more than USD 400.
I continue medication in Egypt with an orthopaedic traumatic - very competent specialist - but indeed take time to fully recover as the damage on middle finger is on deep tissue. Till now - 2 months later, still dark purple.
 

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