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Post by JQDivide » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:26 am

Anyone else get Chilblains?

Chilblains (sometimes called pernio) are small, itchy, painful, red swellings on the skin. Chilblains are caused by an abnormal skin reaction to cold. They tend to occur on 'extremities' that easily become cold. That is, your toes, fingers, nose and earlobes.

Chilblains (CHILL-blayns) are the painful inflammation of small blood vessels in your skin that occur in response to repeated exposure to cold but not freezing air.

I first got them on my couple toes after doing Huron a few Decembers ago. Thought, like many, it was a late reaction to frost nip on my toes.
Went to the doctor and he didn't know for sure. I've done some research and this is what I've come up with.
I have gotten them three winters in a row,usually lasts a couple weeks. Nothing horrible, but still hurts a bit at times.

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Re: Chilblains

Post by Andymcp1 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:37 pm

It is most commonly associated with excess moisture and cold exposure. It is much more prevalent in the south and east coast, it tends bare in colorado since the air is so dry and it's often to cold and thus people get frostbite. I would recommend playing with you sock/shoe combo to reduce sweat that is being trapped by your feet. Also if you smoke or are drinking caffeine prior to going out that can make it worse, anything that causes vasoconstriction will worsen it if you are prone to it.
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