What is Chilblains?
Chilblains is an inflammation of the skin, accompanied by burning and itching. Chilblains usually occur on the smaller toes. However, it can occur on the fingers, face and the nose. A chilblain may also occur on a pressure bearing area such as a bunion.
Chilblains are painful but they cause little or no permanent impairment.
What causes Chilblains?
Chilblains are usually caused by an abnormal reaction of the body to the cold. People who have poor circulation, an inadequate diet, or an allergic response to low temperatures are vulnerable to chilblains.
Symptoms of Chilblains
Some of the most common symptoms of chilblains are are:
What does Chilblain look like?
A chilblain usually looks like a red, swollen lesion. If it dries out, it will leave cracks in the skin. If skin has cracks in it, it is more vulnerable to infection.
What to do if Chilblains occurs
If you think chilblains have occurred, do not apply extreme heat or cold to the affected area. Contact your doctor immediately.
How to prevent Chilblain
Some methods of preventing chilblains are:
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