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What are Chillblains ? Pl. explain .I need a quick answer.?

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    No, chilblains (pernio) is not the same as frostbite. Chilblains is inflammation of the small blood vessels in the skin in response to cold but above-freezing temperatures. This results in red, swollen skin — usually on the face, ears, fingers and toes — which appears several hours after exposure to cold. You may also experience an itchy, burning sensation in the affected skin. Sometimes chilblains progresses to blisters and even open sores.

    The cause of chilblains isn't known. But blood tests in some people with chilblains may reveal abnormal proteins that tend to sludge in cold temperatures.

    In chilblains, it's important to slowly rewarm the skin after cold exposure. Treatment may also include:

    Corticosteroid creams to relieve itching and swelling

    Medications to improve circulation

    Keeping any sores clean and protected with sterile dressings

    An episode of chilblains usually clears up within seven to 14 days. To prevent chilblains, avoid or limit your exposure to cold, such as by dressing warmly and covering your head and all exposed skin when you go outside in cold weather.

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    By Mayo Clinic Staff

    Nov 28, 2006

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  • 1 decade ago

    I love it when people demand a quick answer on a free forum. Want it quick? Research it yourself.

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