How to Avoid and Care for Chilblains (Perniosis)
Chilblains are small, reddened and swollen areas that can cause pain and itching (usually occur in hands, feet, ears), and are frequent in cold weather.
Why when it’s cold? Cold produces a contraction of the blood vessels decreasing the blood flow of the skin, so the skin is supplied with less oxygen. Fingers of the hands and feet, ears and nose are more sensitive areas to this phenomenon.
The chilblains can be annoying and painful, however, avoiding them and taking care of them is possible! Here are some tips to achieve this:
- Use gloves, socks and shoes that insulate from the cold and protect well. Also hats or earmuffs to protect the ears, thus avoiding exposure of the skin to the cold.
- Exercise moderately. You will activate the blood circulation. Massages also stimulate blood flow.
- Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
- Do not apply heat directly.
- Always use warm water.
- Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, that are rich in vitamins, trace elements and phytochemicals.
- Use natural soaps and balsams that, given their formulation, maintain the moisture and protect you from the cold.