Chilblains

SYMPTOMS 

Burning, itching, red to purple areas. Sometimes  there is swelling and blistering with broken skin that turns into sores.

Yes, they are painful and yes they can become infected.

Commonly on your feet and hands. Also, can present on your face and ears.

 

 

CAUSE

Your skin’s abnormal reaction to cold. The tiny blood vessels under the skin constrict under cold conditions reducing blood flow. When the skin warms up, some of the fluid leaks into the tissue.

Not everyone gets them…

People with poor circulation and other health problems involving their blood vessels are more likely to developing chilblains.

It is also thought that damp or draughty conditions, dietary factors and hormonal imbalance can a be contributory factors. Pressure areas on your feet like on your toes and bunions are the most susceptible.

Rapid change in temperature can bring them on…...Yay Winter! 

 

 

PREVENTION

The best way to prevent chilblains is to keep your whole body warm and dry…… legs, feet, hands, and your body, especially if your circulation is poor and your mobility is limited. 

Trousers, long boots, tights, leg warmers, long socks, gloves, and waterproof shoes. 

Avoid / Limit your exposure to cold.

Avoid heating your limbs quickly like putting your feet in front of heaters.

 

 

TREATMENT

If you have developed chilblains, do not scratch them.

Use a soothing lotion such as witch hazel or calamine to ease the discomfort. 

If the chilblain has ulcerated, apply an antiseptic dressing. 

 

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