by Dr. Yiannis Neofytou

Chilblains are the painful inflammation of the small blood vessels in your skin, which occurs because it is repeatedly exposed to the cold. Chilblains can cause itching, red spots, swelling and blisters on your hands and feet.

Chilblain usually disappear on their own after one to three weeks, especially if the weather starts to warm up. You may, however, have recurrences seasonally for many years. Treatment includes protecting yourself from the cold and using lotions to relieve symptoms.

Chilblain usually do not lead to permanent damage. However, it is a condition that can lead to infection, which in turn can cause serious damage if left untreated.

The best treatment for chilblains is to prevent them from developing from the beginning by limiting your exposure to the cold and covering the skin exposed to the cold air.

Chilblains usually heal on their own. Seek medical attention to reduce any complications if the pain is unusually severe, if you suspect an infection, or if your symptoms do not improve after one to two weeks.

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