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Chilblains


Chilblains:  Chilblains is an inflammation of the skin accompanied by burning and itching. Chilblains usually occur on the smaller toes. However, it can occur on the fingers, face and the nose.

Chilblains are painful but they cause little or no permanent damage. Chilblains are usually caused by an abnormal reaction of the body to the cold. People who have poor circulation, an inadequate diet or an allergic response to low temperatures are vulnerable to chilblains.

Some of the most common symptoms of chilblains are itchy, painful lesion and burning sensations at the location of the chilblain. A chilblain usually looks like a red, swollen lesion. If it dries out, it will leave cracks in the skin. If the skin has cracks in it, it is more vulnerable to infection.

Chilblains will often get better on their own without treatment after a week or two.

You should see your doctor or chiropodist for advice if you have severe or recurring chilblains, or if they don't improve within a few weeks. You should also seek medical advice if you think your skin may have become infected.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
    


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