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||9.00am to 7.00pm
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Chilblains - What are they?
Chilblains are itchy, red swellings usually found on the earlobes, nose, hands or feet during winter periods. They can become increasingly painful and inflamed. This may lead to splits in the skin and the risk of infection. They are caused by an abnormal reaction of your circulation to a change in your environment; such as coming in from the cold and trying to warm up too quickly, or the reverse. When cold skin is warmed too rapidly from a heater or hot water bottle chiblains may result. Dietary factors and hormonal inbalances may also play a part. This can happen whether you have good or bad circulation. This is a condition most commonly seen in young women, elderly people and those suffering from anaemia.
what are the Symptoms?
As the colder weather sets in, susceptible people will feel burning and itching on the affected areas when exposed to the cold. Moving to a warmer environment, this feeling intensifies and may result in localized inflammation.
The prevention of chilblains
Keep your feet and legs warm using long-johns, tights and trousers etc. Knitted fibres are better to use as they trap the warm air. Be sure that there is plenty of space within your shoes to wiggle your toes. Thicker soles on shoes will provide better insulation. Lace-up shoes, or those with buckles and Velcro straps will hold the shoe in the correct position on your foot, avoiding pressure on the toes. Insulating insoles from a chemist will also warm them up. Do not use hot water bottles, wear bedsocks instead. Moisturise your skin regularly as this helps to keep your skin supple. If you are a repeated sufferer of chilblains then prevention is better than cure so avoid sudden changes in temperature as much as possible.
You can use iodine and Friar's balsam together as a preventative or as a treatment; but proprietary creams are available from your Pharmacist which can also help. In some cases the skin may split and become infected and sore. If this does happen do not scratch the area. Use antiseptic dressings to keep it clean until it heals. If you are diabetic or undergoing medical treatment, have the ulcer assessed by your G.P or podiatrist. Don't hesitate to ask for our advice.