Chillblains, also known as Perniosis and chill burns, is a medical condition which causes certain individuals to react abnormally to cold temperatures and humidity, causing tissue damage of the feet and hands. The condition can be linked to some connective tissue diseases, and Raynaud’s phenomenon.

Symptoms

Symptoms of Chilblains that you have to look out for are:

  • Erythema (blanchable redness of the skin)
  • Skin discolouration (red to dark blue)
  • Burning and itching sensation of the feet
  • Dermatitis
  • Ulceration (in severe cases)
  • Pain in the affected area

Treatments

  • Soaking the feet in warm water with Epsom salts
  • Keeping the affected area warm.
  • Avoiding extreme temperature changes (from hot to cold)
  • Keep the affected area dry.
  • Avoid restricting the affected area with tight clothing
  • Vitamin B supplements to improve circulation

Prevention

  • Wear thick socks and shoes.
  • Avoid tight fitting socks and shoes
  • Regular exercise for circulation
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