Chilblains - Itchy Swollen Toes

Chilblains (also known as pernio and perniosis) is a medical condition.  Chilblains are acral ulcers that occur when a predisposed individual is exposed to cold and humidity. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn can cause redness, itching, blisters, and inflammation.  Chilbains can occur on fingers and toes.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Chilblains - Itchy Swollen Toes

Do you suffer from itchy swollen toes in the winter?  If you do, you might have Chilblains.  Chilblains are acral ulcers that occurs when an individual is exposed to cold and humidity.  It is also caused by bad blood circulations.

I had Chilblains on my toes for 4 years now.  I remember the first year, my toes were getting extremely itchy at night in the cold winter months.  Nothing helped relieve the pain.  The toes were red and bumpy.  As spring came along the itchiness and swollen on my toes slowly disappear.  Another winter came along, and the same thing happened.  I finally went to the doctor, and find out it was Chilblains.  Some people might have it the first year and it might disappear the next year.  For some it just keeps coming back.  But you can try to prevent it from coming.  You can try to prevent it by keeping your toes warm and dry.  If you toes get cold them it will easily come back and if you do not treat them well they might stay with you for the whole winter.  So start with keeping your toes warm in the beginning.
I haven't been really suffering from the itchiness and swelling since last winter.  I kept my toes warm from the beginning and it helped a lot.  So for those who are suffering with swollen itchy toes, try your best to keep your feet warm and cozy.

If you have itchy swollen toes, consult your physician and see if it is Chilblains.

1 comment:

  1. I just spent 8 hours in 2 emergency room and the doctors could not figure out what was wrong--I think this might be my problem!