What can be done for chilblains?

Chilblains are small, itchy and painful inflammations that occur on the skin due to cold weather conditions. Some things that can be done to help alleviate chilblains are:

  1. Keep the affected area warm: Warm the area gently and gradually to prevent further damage. Avoid sudden exposure to heat, as this may cause more pain and inflammation. Wear warm socks.
  2. Elevate the affected area: Elevating the affected area can help reduce swelling and improve blood circulation.
  3. Avoid scratching the affected area: Scratching can increase the inflammation and cause infection.
  4. Apply topical creams or ointments: Topical creams or ointments containing corticosteroids or antihistamines can help reduce inflammation and relieve itching.
  5. Wear warm clothing: Wear warm, dry clothing and avoid exposure to cold and damp conditions.
  6. Use moisturizers: Apply moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated and prevent cracking (eg Akileine Akilwinter).
  7. Seek medical attention or see a podiatrist: If the chilblains are severe, persistent, or infected, seek medical attention from a doctor or healthcare provider. They may recommend additional treatment options such as medications or topical treatments. Chilblains can be managed adequately if the right care is given.
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