Prevent Chilblains Naturally

Chilblains, also known as pernio, occurs most commonly when your extremities and blood vessels are suddenly exposed to warmth after being exposed to cold temperatures. They are not serious, but can cause infection as they affect the extremities every time you are exposed to colder temperatures which can lead to unknown injuries. If you have a disease that affects your circulation, such as diabetes, you will want to seek medical attention before attempting to treat chilblains at home.

 

How do I know if I have chilblains?

  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration from red to bluish-purple
  • Itching in the affected areas
  • Burning sensations
  • Blistering
  • Ulceration

 

How do I prevent chilblains?

  • Wear warm clothing
  • Cover yourself properly before going out in the cold
  • Wear comfortable shoes that don’t disrupt circulation
  • Avoid wearing damp clothing
  • Keep your hands, feet and face warm
  • Keep your home a comfortable warmth
  • Re-warm your body gradually when exposed to warmth

 

How can I treat chilblains?

  • Get indoors and elevate affected body areas; let them warm gradually. Don’t jump in a hot shower.
  • Gently massage affected areas to stimulate blood flow.
  • Massage with a peppercorn-sesame oil. Fry some peppercorns in sesame oil, filter and use to massage.
  • Apply a paste of egg white, honey and glycerin to some flour then apply to affected areas and wash gently with warm water the next morning.
  • Gently rub affected areas with a slice of raw potato to reduce redness and itchiness.
  • Make a footsoak with thyme and ginger, then slowly dip your feet into the water, lift and shake around, a few times before fully soaking.
  • Use aloe vera gel on any blisters or bruises.
  • Drink a glass of rose hip tea three times a day to stimulate healing.
  • Keep feet warm as much as possible.
  • Avoid exposure to direct heat.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Wear thermal insoles.
  • Make a gingko biloba tea. Gingko helps enhance circulation and blood flow.
  • Ginger tea helps to boost circulation and reduce inflammation.
  • Rosemary improves circulation and strengthens blood vessels.
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