Chillblains can be due to the result of an abnormal vascular reaction to cold. They can occur at any age.
The most common cause is re-warming the feet too quickly, which can cause a rapid dilation of small blood vessels.
Chillblains will usually subside within 2-3 weeks, at times they can be severe and break the skin which can lead to ulcerations.
- Keep the feet warm during winter months
- Avoid sudden changes from hot to cold or cold to hot.
- Gentle foot exercises to promote blood flow.
- Wear warm socks to bed- preferably natural fibres, bamboo, cotton or wool.