Suffering from chilblains does not necessarily mean that you have Raynaud’s but many people with Raynaud’s do develop chilblains. This can cause problems with cold feet and walking. A chilblain is a condition which results from defective blood circulation again when exposed to cold conditions. This can cause localized swelling and inflammation with severe itching and burning sensations. The skin becomes itchy then red swollen and tender to touch. Some occupational industrial areas are also a natural hazard for this disease such as the chronic vibrations when working with equipment such as a pneumatic hammer, power saw or a percussion drill leading to the distressing “White Finger” syndrome.
Chilblains are small, itchy swellings on the skin that occur as a reaction to cold temperatures. They affect the body’s extremities, such as the toes, fingers, heels, ears and nose. Chilblains are uncomfortable but can be prevented.
Chilblains can be, acute (short-term), developing within 12-24 hours after exposure to the cold and getting better after one to two weeks if you keep warm or chronic, lasting for a minimum of five months a year for the next three years causing persistent sores that can lead to scarring
Who is affected, Chilblains can occur at any age but are more common in children and elderly people. The condition affects women more than men. Certain people, such as people with poor circulation, are more susceptible to chilblains.
Chilblains are very common in Northern Europe, where there is damp, cold weather and usually in winter.
Outlook, Chilblains are usually self-limiting, which means they get better on their own after a few weeks. However, while they disappear during warmer weather, they may return during cold seasons.
Helping to Preventing chilblains, The following advice may help. Wear clothes which contain Pure Silver and warm your hands, feet and legs, wearing long pants or long socks with Natural Silver will help. If you get cold feet in bed, wear a pair of silver socks. Try to keep active, this helps improve your circulation. Moisturise your feet to stop them drying out and the skin cracking. Make sure your shoes are not damp shoes before wearing them. If you are diabetic, give yourself regular foot checks (or ask someone else to do this for you). Diabetics may not be able to feel their feet and could have septic chilblains without realising.
Silver has the highest reflectivity rating of any metal element at 95% of radiative energy. Body heat loss is minimised by actively reflecting the bodies’ energy back to the skin. Gloves and Socks containing silver fibre technology will therefore be significantly warmer with added comfort in cold feeling conditions.