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Chilblains: Symptoms & Treatments


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1/23/2013
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The skin’s abnormal reaction to the cold causes chilblains. Because circulation is a determining factor for chilblains, people with poor circulation in their feet are more susceptible.

Chilblains occur in the extremities: the finger, the toes, the ear lobes, and the face (particularly the nose).  Chilblains can also occur where the foot is exposed to pressure. For example, they can occur on a bunion or where the toes are squeezed by tight shoes.

Chilblains are characterized by itchy, red swellings on the skin. Chilblains typically become increasingly painful and swell over time, eventually drying out and leaving cracks in the skin. Chilblains that leave cracks in the skin can lead to infection, so they should be treated appropriately.

Symptoms of chilblains include:

  • Swelling or redness
  • Burning and itching
  • Ulcers
  • Breaks in the skin

You can help relieve discomfort caused by chilblains with Calamine lotion. If the chilblains become ulcerated, you should apply an antiseptic dressing. While treating chilblains, you should keep your feet, legs, and body warm. Keeping warm is especially important for people who have poor circulation and/or limited mobility.

If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.



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