Chilblains…

NOW IS THE TIME OF YEAR THE LITTLE BLITERS RAISE THEIR HEADS.

Chilblains are a reaction to the cold weather, they are small, itchy swellings on the skin, they effect the body’s extremities – heels, toes and fingers. When the skin is cold, blood vessels near its surface get narrower. When the skin gets warmer the blood vessels become wider. This happening too quickly causes leakage into the surrounding tissue resulting in the swelling and itchiness (a tinge of blue is usually evident).

Treatments
Keep as warm as possible avoiding extremes such as getting into the car with cold feet then turning the heat up directly onto them. Wear two pairs of socks a thinner pair inside and a thicker warmer one on the outside.

There are a variety of Chilblain prevention creams for people who suffer each year – they should be applied from September onwards. If you smoke you should try and stop as smoking inhibits good circulation.

If the chilblains become broken resist the urge to scratch... go to your chiropodist have them looked at and if necessary dressed.
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