Chilblains

Chilblains are a painful sore appearing on the foot or the hand which is caused by exposure to cold

What to look for

  • red, itching on the extremities of the body such as fingers, toes, nose, ears

  • swelling can occur

Causes

This condition may be associated with poor circulation.

Traditional Treatments

The best treatment is to avoid getting cold and wet. Try hard not to scratch them.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Herbal Remedies A herbal poultice which may be useful can be made from one part cayenne pepper, one part slippery elm powder and two parts vegetable oil, mixed together and applied morning and night.

A poultice of chickweed is also known to ease the pain of chilblains. Another good herb for chilblains is prickly ash - available as a tincture or in fluid extract.

Try a cup of ginger tea twice a day. Eat garlic or take garlic capsules.

Ginkgo may also be very helpful for this condition.

Aromatherapy - Try black pepper essential oil in a foot bath or diluted in a light base cream.

Dietary Considerations

Eat more fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, fibre, filtered water and get plenty of gentle exercise.

When to seek further professional advice

  • if you are taking any prescribed cardiovascular mediation, speak with your doctor before taking any supplements.

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