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Chilblains

Chilblains are areas of skin that are painful itchy and swollen and are caused by poor microcirculation and exposure to cold.

Chilblains

Chilblains are areas of skin that are painful itchy and swollen and are caused by poor microcirculation and exposure to cold. Chilblains can appear red or blue in colour and get worse if they are exposed to heat too quickly. They can occur on feet or hands and usually only appear in the winter months. Keeping your feet warm is the key to preventing chilblains and your podiatrist can advise regarding creams to improve the circulation. If the skin breaks due to the swelling and irritation, the infection can be a risk and best managed by your podiatrist.

What are the symptoms of chilblains?

Chilblains often present as itchy, red, or purple bumps on the skin. The affected areas may feel tender, swollen, and may develop blisters or ulcerations. They can cause discomfort or a burning sensation, especially when exposed to warmth after the cold.

How can Blueprint Podiatry help with chilblains?

Our podiatrists at Blueprint Podiatry can assess your chilblains and provide recommendations for treatment and prevention. We may suggest strategies to protect your extremities from cold temperatures, such as wearing warm socks, and shoes. Additionally, we can offer advice on moisturising the skin, and certain creams to help the affected areas to manage symptoms.

Are there any home remedies for chilblains?

While self-care measures can provide some relief, it's essential to consult with a podiatrist for proper assessment and guidance. Home remedies for chilblains may include using over-the-counter creams or ointments to alleviate itching and avoiding further exposure to cold temperatures. However, it's important to note that these measures may not address the underlying cause or prevent future occurrences.

Can chilblains be prevented?

Prevention is key when it comes to chilblains. Blueprint Podiatry can provide recommendations on how to prevent chilblains, such as

  • Keeping your extremities warm by wearing appropriate footwear and layering clothing during cold weather. We can also advise on proper foot care and moisturising techniques to maintain healthy skin.
  • Taking proactive measures to protect yourself from extreme temperature changes.

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