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What is the cause of summer chilblains and what is the cure or treatment?

What is the cause of summer chilblains and what is the cure or treatment?

See below: Chillblains are due to the dilatation of very small blood vessels when warming from cold exposure, especially in areas with high humidity. Risk is higher in women, being very thin, having circulation problems as in diabetes or Raynaud's disease. Symptoms are relieved by cortisone lotion. If you have diabetes or Raynauds or blistering, see MD, as you may need a vasodilating drug or an antibioti

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Chilblains (Definition)

Are thermal injuries resulting from extended exposure to the cold and humidity in predisposed individuals. The pathology results from freezing of capillaries in the skin. There is erythema, itching, and burring in those parts affected. In severe cases area can become blistered or ulcerated. With proper treatment affected areas can heal in 1-2 weeks. Chilblains are not ...Read more


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Help, do chilblains mean!?

Help, do chilblains mean!?

Purple after cold: Persistent redness / purple / inflammation / pain / blistering after exposure to cold especially on the feet. If you have no other symptoms, your physician may check you for a cryoglobulin, screen for lupus, or discontinue a new medication, but usually there's no underlying disease.

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How is chilblains diagnosed?

How is chilblains diagnosed?

Also known as:: Chilblains is also known as pernio. It's a form of hypersensitivity to cold exposure. Typically presents as painful red or purplish areas on the feet and/or hands. In severe or recurrent cases underlying causes such as lupus or an abnormal protein in the blood that predisposes to clotting (e.g.; cryoglobulins) should be ruled out.

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How can you cure chilblains?

It depends: Chillblains are a form of tissue injury that exposure to damp cold can cause. Treatment will then be at keeping the feet warm, dry, and offering symptom relief. Some medical conditions can predispose you to this (such as connective tissue disorders). Some have luck with medications (calcium channel blockers) to prevent recurrence. Talk to your doctor.

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How do I treat winter chilblains?

Keep: Warm first to avoid, epson salt soaks help some, keep your feet dry. Some say calcium channel blockers.

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What's to be done about chilblains?

What's to be done about chilblains?

Treatment: Chilblains is a condition with tissue injury due to temperature exposure. Although you can treat the condition, it's usually associated with other diseases and therefore isn't "cured" but may be present with other disease. Treatments include keeping area dry and warm, apply topical steroid cream, or oral medication.

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What sort of disorder is chilblains?

What sort of disorder is chilblains?

Chilblains: Chilblains are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to sudden warming from cold temperatures. Also known as pernio, chilblains can cause itching, red patches, swelling and blistering on extremities, such as on your toes, fingers, ears and nose.

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Are there home remedies for chilblains?

Are there home remedies for chilblains?

Chillblains: The best treatment is prevention. Keeping the area warm at all times helps prevent flareups. Also, one should be tested for lupus as well. If the areas itch, topical steroids can be applied.

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What really helps deal with chilblains?

What really helps deal with chilblains?

See below: Treatment for chilblains can include corticosteroid creams, Nifedipine and pentoxifylline. Only your physician will be able to tell you what is appropriate for you.

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What are the main symptoms of chilblains?

What are the main symptoms of chilblains?

Redness, itching: Redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation. Chillblains (also called pernio) are caused by exposure to cold and humidity. In extreme cases the skin can break down and ulcerate. Treat it by warming your feet.

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What are different ways to treat chilblains?

What are different ways to treat chilblains?

Increase blood flow: Nitro paste topically and calcium channel blockers orally may help. Should seek advise from a dermatologist.

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What is the definition or description of: chilblains?

What is the definition or description of: chilblains?

Chilblains: Are thermal injuries resulting from extended exposure to the cold and humidity in predisposed individuals. The pathology results from freezing of capillaries in the skin. There is erythema, itching, and burring in those parts affected. In severe cases area can become blistered or ulcerated. With proper treatment affected areas can heal in 1-2 weeks. Chilblains are not as severe as frostbite.

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How do you treat winter chilblains when it's freezing outside?

How do you treat winter chilblains when it's freezing outside?

Chilblains: The only effective treatment is prevention. Wear enough footwear to protect your feet from the outside temperature. Listen to your local weather stations to know the outside temperature and wind chill factor before you go out.

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Why are some people more likely to develop chilblains than others?

Circulation: Certain circulatory and neurological conditions make some people more prone to cold injury.

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If I have chilblains, will I be more prone to getting it again in the future or is it a come and go disorder?

If I have chilblains, will I be more prone to getting it again in the future or is it a come and go disorder?

You are more prone: Chilblains are a tissue injury that occurs 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. A history of chilblains is suggestive of a connective tissue disease, thus, you are more succeptible to having it again.

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I've had chilblains for about 3 months now, I've read they were supposed to go away within a week? Is there anything I can do to help it?

Chilbains: There are 2 types: acute ; chronic. Acute are self limiting in about 3 weeks;chronic can take up to 5 months of the year and can be recurrent. Sounds like you have the chronic type. Make sure you move around when you are outside in the cold, wear gloves, layers of warm clothings, looser shoes so as not to restrict circulation, keep your skin moisturized and drink hot drinks to keep your body warm.

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Are there any treatments for chilblains?

Tx options.: Please talk with your physician about tx. Some chillblains treatment include: corticosteroid creams as well as medication to lower blood pressure like Nifedipine or medication to improve blood flow like pentoxifylline.

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My mother has chilblains. What is it in a nutshell?

My mother has chilblains. What is it in a nutshell?

Dermatology: Chilblains also known as chilblain, pernio and perniosis are small, itchy swellings on the skin, which are not painful at first, but can become painful - they are acral ulcers; ulcers affecting the extremities. They are a localized form of vasculitis that occur when a predisposed individual is exposed to cold.

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Is there a good cure for chilblains?

Is there a good cure for chilblains?

No cure, but...: ...Lots of prevention. Keep affected areas well insulated, don't overheat or overcool, keep dry, moisturize regularly, and exercise. And if you smoke, this is yet another reason to quit asap, because it constricts your blood vessels. If your chillblains occur on the toes, good fitting shoes are essential. Moisture is your enemy; keep affected areas dry as much as humanly possible.