Cold days, cold feet & chilblains

Every year when the cold hits we see a worrying increase in feet suffering from a range of conditions, the most common complaint being chilblains particularly on the toes. Chilblains are an uncomfortable and often painful skin condition that occur as a reaction to cold temperatures. Symptoms typically include a burning or itching sensation in the affected areas, affected skin may swell and colour may change from pale pink/red to dark blue. In more severe cases the surface of the skin may break and sores or blisters can develop. Chilblains rarely cause permeant damage but they are uncomfortable and do require treatment to prevent ulcers. Factors that increase your risk of chilblains include:

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