Chilblains : Causes and Treatment

Chilblains, also called perniosis

Chilblains, also called perniosis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What are Chilblains?

Chilblains (also known as Pernio and Perniosis) is a skin condition in which acral ulcers are caused to a person who is exposed to cold weather.

This condition results in a local inflammation which may occur on the skin. It is mostly affected by the people who are sensitive to cold due to poor circulation of the blood in that area of the skin. When the ears, hands, feet, face are affected, the skin itches and burns and swelling occurs and that area may turn reddish blue.

Treatment for Chilblains:

The best way to avoid chilblains is to wear appropriate clothing like gloves,socks etc covering the hands, feet, ears during the cold weather. Feet should be dried properly and gently. It is advised to avoid rubbing or massaging as it may exaggerate the inflammation. If people suffer with chilblain frequently, they are advised to consult the physician to rectify the circulatory problems.

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