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Chilblains

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Chilblains (otherwise knows as pernio) are caused by inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin, and can become painful and itchy. Untreated they can crack the skin, leading to infections. They are caused when an exposed body part, typically the feet or the hands, moves from an extremely cold environment to a hot one. The most common example of this is when a person with cold hands runs them under the hot tap – frequently leading to swelling and tingling in the hands, but also potentially to the formation of chilblains. The chilblain is caused by the blood vessels restricting blood flow during extreme cold, but being exposed to warmth that causes an unexpected expansion. The result is the leaking of fluid into surrounding tissues. Treatments range from simple antiseptic solutions (such as iodine) to prevent infection through to antibiotics for already infected ulcers.

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Hi. I also work with horses. And have huge chilblains on thighs. They get very very sore. And soon blister and burst. Now I'm on antibiotics. I have tired ever cream. I wear thermals under my jodhpurs. Pretty much I do everything the book says. With no cure. Any help please.





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Hello I was hoping to be able and post a few pictures of what I think are Chilblains in hopes tht someone could confirm





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I have two very painful and swollen toes which I have been told are chilblains..I am afraid they may get infected,don't know what to try. When I visited chiropodist he said if they get infected use usual remedies, any idea what they are? They did seem to ease of a little but now worse than ever. Help!





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Believe it or not, an old boy told a friend to use his own urine on his chilblains on his feet. Pee on your own feet, with your socks on, so that the urine is absorbed in the socks and filters through onto the skin. It worked for my friend.





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A friend of mine (typist/secretary) had chilblains on her fingers ever winter which were so bad, she couldn't type. She heard about Vitamin B3, called niacin, or in its other form, nicotinamide, and began taking them every day all year long, sometimes in combination with a good Vit B combo (as the Bs always work best in concert). This was 10 years ago and she hasn't had chilblains since - ever! B3 is essential for healthy blood circulation. Be sure to get nicotinamide form, though, because niacin can cause burny itchy flushes.





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plz tell the medicine names exactly your friend is taking for curing chilblain.

Hi, I have chilblains on my wedding ring finger which has swollen. My rings are still on!! Is it possible to take down the swelling(with meditation or?)to remove the ring or should I just wait until it goes down and doesnt get any worse? Any ideas, thank you in advance.





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I have what I think maybe chilblanes have gotten them on inner thighs but also have dry itchy skin any advice





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Following on from my previous note, I went on line and, lo and behold, Zam-buk is still available! So maybe Boots and my local chemist just stopped selling it. Give it a try. It's great.





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I've had chilblains since a child (am now in my 60s) and when my feet get hot my toes are really uncomfortable, when cold, they hurt. There used to be a cream called Zambuk - a bit like mentholated Vaseline - which worked wonders to reduce the pain and clear up the chilblains . Very sadly it stopped being produced. I tried Vaseline on its own which helps but now use Vick which smells similar and is almost the same consistency.





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Zam-buk is available, just google it and there are plenty of places you can get it on-line. I've resorted to Lanacane when my sons toes are so sore he can't stand.

Has anyone tried the peppercorns heated in sesame oil for chilblains? I was wondering if it worked.





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Hi, I used Epsom salt, when I got chilblains on my feet. I Soaking my feet in warm water with Epsom salt ( 250 gm at 5 litre water) for 30 min. It help very fast to get rid chilblains.


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Chilblains are small, itchy swellings on the skin that occur as a reaction to cold temperatures. They affect the body's extremities, such as the toes, fingers, heels, ears and nose. Chilblains are uncomfortable but can be prevented. Read More »

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