C is for Chilblains

November 13, 2012

Chilblains are a common painful and annoying condition on the toes when the foot is warmed up too quickly after it is cold.

Chilblains are common in those with COVID Toes.

What can be done to help chilblains?:

  1. Warmth: Gradually warm the affected areas by moving to a warmer environment. Avoid sudden temperature changes, as they can worsen symptoms. Use warm water or a warm compress to gently warm the affected areas.
  2. Avoid further cold exposure: Protect the affected areas from cold temperatures. Wear warm socks, gloves, and other appropriate clothing when going outside in cold weather. Keep your whole body warm to prevent further chilblain development.
  3. Avoid scratching: Itching can be a common symptom of chilblains, but scratching can further irritate the skin and potentially lead to infection. Resist the urge to scratch, and instead, apply a soothing lotion or cream to relieve itching.
  4. Moisturize: Apply a moisturizing cream or lotion to keep the affected areas hydrated. Dry skin can exacerbate chilblains, so keeping the skin moisturized can help prevent further irritation.
  5. Elevate: If the affected areas are swollen, try elevating them above the level of your heart to help reduce swelling and promote circulation.
  6. Avoid tight footwear: Tight shoes or socks can worsen chilblains and impede circulation. Opt for well-fitting shoes and socks that provide adequate warmth and allow proper blood flow.
  7. Over-the-counter pain relief: If you experience discomfort or pain, you can consider using over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, as directed.
  8. Seek medical attention if necessary: If your chilblains are severe, persistent, or show signs of infection (such as pus, increased redness, or worsening pain), it’s important to consult a healthcare professional. They can provide further evaluation and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include prescription medications or specialized wound care.

It’s worth noting that prevention is key when it comes to chilblains.


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