How to deal with chilblains?

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Published: Januari 23, 2021

About ten percent of people occasionally suffer from chilblains in winter, when it is cold outside. This not only causes itching, but is also painful. What can you do?

In chilblains, the little muscles in the blood vessels react abnormally to cold. The blood flow becomes obstructed and this damages the blood vessel wall. This causes (subcutaneous) inflammation. There are red-purple swellings on the toes that feel itchy, tingly, burning and painful. You are extra vulnerable to chilblains if you use beta blockers, are significantly under- or overweight, are in the cold a lot and if you sweat excessively on your feet. A hereditary predisposition can play a role as it may run in families.

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