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How do you get rid of chilblains?

oow they hurt like crap..
my feet/toes are slightly swollen and are red and itchy..
what do i doo..!!


http://www.bestincosmetics.com/skin-disorders/chilblains.htm  (+ info)

Is it weird that im only 16 and have chilblains ?

Considering it seems to be what the older generation get :S?

Oh and they are on my feet

no its normal.
im 15 and have had them before. its usually down to your feet being cold and wet for a certain amount of time.
keep them dry and warm to get rid of them and sprinkle some talc powder on them.  (+ info)

How to stop/prevent chilblains?

I used to have really bad chilblains all over my hands and feet
The doctor gave me Plendil which lowers your blood pressure and that really helped keep them away.
Except now they've started to come back and really bad all over my hands
What else can i do to prevent them?
I live in New Zealand, not an extreme climate. Does get cold in winter, but not amazingly hot in summer, then freezing in winter

I've only ever had minor chilblains but they are so horrible. I find Sudocrem gives immediate relief and seems to stop them flaring up - it keeps the skin moisturised without irritation (it's in the nappy section at the supermarket - in a plain grey tub).

The main thing for prevention is to keep the areas warm - which means thick hiking socks and warm gloves for me at the first sign of a breeze outside!

It's also recommended to exercise before going out in the cold to improve ciculation. And despite the temptation don't try to heat your hands and feet up too quickly when you come in from the cold (such as running your hands under the hot tap) because this can aggravate them.

I've also heard that steroid creams can help, but mine have always cleared up within a few days of keeping my hands warm and applying Sudocrem.

Perhaps someone else on here has some more ideas... and I hope you feel better soon.  (+ info)

It is possible that chilblains aren't itchy?

I have incredibly painful big toes. They feel very hot and sore too touch. I work in a very cold place and I walk my dogs in wellingtons, and my feet are always cold. Then when I come indoors into the heat, they get really sore and red. I thought it could be chilblains, but they are not at all itchy. All info on chilblains seem to say that they should itch? Any suggestions?
It sounds strange... but If I could describe them now, it feels like they are defrosting!!

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does anybody know how to get rid of chilblains?

my 7 year old brother has chilblains on his toes does anybody know of any lotions to take away the swelling?thanks

Heat and decrease dampness.
People in warm dry places don't get chillblains  (+ info)

How can I treat chilblains?

I have a docs appointment for an unrelated issue this afternoon but I wondered if I could treat them myself or bring this up when I see him? They are itchy and one has gone purple

The Doctor will say prevention is the cure. I have had them most of my life and have to wear 2 pair of socks, one pair should be wool. There are creams you can buy but nothing works very well.
I do sympathise they are a pain.  (+ info)

Chilblains?? Any help, mine are causing a lot of pain. Any cures or remedies that might help me.?

So here's the deal, I have terrible chilblains on my hands already and it is only May. I won't get rid of them until October when it warms up. They cause a lot of pain and I have trouble with them at school and doing other stuff.

Does anyone know anything about them or anything that may help them go away or cause less pain? I wear gloves all the time, but I go to school in a freezing cold area in Australia.

Thanks for your help everyone!!

ok i feel for you girl my best friend had it and she got rid of it by rubbing alovira on it after she soaked it in salty warm water twice a day. hopefully this will work on you.  (+ info)

Is there a cure for chilblains?

My mum has had them since collage, its where your feet change temperature to fast and so they become itchy and sting in the cold. It's extremely annoying and painful. I wandered if anyone knows of a cure??
Thanks xxx

Chilblains, also called perniosis or blain, when occurring on the feet, is a medical condition that is often confused with frostbite and trench foot. Chilblains are acral ulcers (that is, ulcers affecting the extremities) that occur when a predisposed individual is exposed to cold and humidity. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn can cause redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation. Chilblains are often idiopathic in origin but can be manifestations of serious medical conditions that need to be investigated. Chilblains can be prevented by keeping the feet and hands warm in cold weather. Smoking cessation and consultation with a dermatologist is advised.

Symptoms include:

* Ulceration of the digits and toes
* Red nose
* Skin redness
* Toe skin inflammation
* Finger skin inflammation
* Earlobe inflammation


* Keep area warm
* Avoid scratching
* Anti-itch creams, such as Calamine lotion
* Zambuk ointment
* Nifedipine may be used in more severe or recurrent cases.[2] Its vasodilation helps reduce pain, facilitate healing and prevent recurrences.[3]
* Diltiazem, a newer calcium channel blocker, may also be used.[4]  (+ info)

Chilblains? I've very itchy areas on my feet around my ankles. Could this be chilblains?

What's the treatment for chilblains? How can they be prevented?

Do you walk around in bare feet? If so, it could be an allergic reaction to dust mites in carpeting. If you dont like to wear shoes or slppers, try those little fluffy, stretchy socks to protect your feet.  (+ info)

ive had chilblains for over 5 months?

im 21 and last winter, i wore running shoes ( leather and suede ) to go out because i couldnt find boots i liked, in the middle of winter, i got chilblains ( google it ) and the swelling caused by it has been there for well over months. ive googled and stuff but cannot find an explanation, is this normal at all? i havent used any form of medicine to treat my toes, the itching has gone by itself but the swelling is still...annoying.


Chilblains are often idiopathic in origin but can be manifestations of serious medical conditions that need to be investigated.
A history of chilblains is suggestive of a connective tissue disease.
Keep area warm.
Medication "Nifedipine" may be used in more severe or recurrent cases. Its vasodilation helps reduce pain, facilitate healing and prevent recurrences.
Or even,"Diltiazem", a newer calcium channel blocker, may also be used.
I think you really warrant a Doctor visit and medical treatment to resolve your pain and swelling to heal properly as its been too long on your own. Take care hun.  (+ info)

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