Helpful Hints: Chilblains
Updated: Mar 29, 2019
With colder weather on the way, we will soon see people coming in with chilblains, often on the ends of the toes. Chilblains are a painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to repeated exposure to cold air. Feet have the poorest circulation of the body as they are farthest from the heart. To prevent chilblains, keep feet evenly warm with thick socks and warm footwear rather than placing feet close to a heater. Once chilblains have developed, an ointment from the pharmacy with an anaesthetic in it can help relieve the pain.