Easy ways to get rid of Chilblains/ foot swellings/ Pernio at Home

Farat Abdul Razzaq

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How to get rid of foot swellings

As the winter season is approaching, winter lovers are excited to enjoy its beauties but contrary to them some are worried about chilblains which is the main hurdle on their way to enjoying winter.

But you need not worry, because this year you won’t get any chilblains as I found a secret to share. So let’s dig in; 

What are Chilblains?

 Chilblain is formed from two Old English words, chill means cold, and “Blegan” means sore. So basically chilblains (also known as Pernio) are sores formed as a result of cold. Although there are lots of other medical reasons for pernio to appear, my discussion will cover pernio that occurred due to cold. 

What do Chilblains look like?

Pernia or foot swellings are reddish bumps (which turn purplish with time) that are very itchy, and painful and usually appear on the body’s extremities i.e., nose, ear pinna, hand fingers, and foot toes.  

How to get rid of Chilblains? What do chilblains look like?

 Mostly foot swellings occur in foot toes but it may vary from person to person.

Who is at risk?

Chilblains usually occur in Young girls, elder people, and children.

People who have poor peripheral blood circulation are also at risk. These become even worse when you get foot warts along with the swelling.

What is the scientific reason/ etiology of Chilblains?

You will be surprised to read that the main cause of toes swelling is not cold usually. If you have some basic knowledge of Biology. You may know that as temperature decreases the peripheral blood vessels contract so that the loss of heat from blood in the body’s periphery is minimized. And vice versa, when the temperature increases the peripheral blood vessels dilate so that more blood flows in the peripheral blood vessels and more heat is lost.

Now Grab your attention as I am going to let the cat out of the bag. You might observed that it’s a common practice as we get our feet cold, then we usually rush towards any heater to warm our feet. But this is a huge blunder we make. When you are cold your peripheral blood vessels are contracted, but when you suddenly heat your feet, the blood vessels take time to dilate but blood flow increases quickly. 

As we also know, at the periphery of the body capillaries are present and are very delicate and thin. These blood vessels cannot handle the increased flow of blood in the contracted state so they burst and blood is released. This blood gives redness to chilblains. 

So, from the points discussed above, it is clear that basically, it is not cold that causes pernio. It is the act of warming the cold feet quickly.

Treatment/ prevention; 

You need to take preventive measures to keep yourself away from toes swelling. The preventive measures are as follows;

  • Warm your cold feet slowly.
  • Prevent your feet from getting cold.
  • Do not walk barefoot.
  • Moisturize your feet daily.

You might also want to know what to do if you get toes swellings, so here are some tips;

  • Resist the urge to scratch, which may worsen the foot condition by causing sores and infection.
  • Do not sleep with your socks on.
  • Moisturize your feet with any lotion or Parrafin wax.

Warning!

You must seek medical assistance if you suffer from chronic chilblains as this may be an indication of Edema, heart problems, etc.

Conclusion;

Usually, chilblains appear 24 hours after cold. And these disappear within 1-2 weeks. Remember scratching causes wounds and increases pain so if you are scratching chilblains recovery time may increase. 

You can use ointment for chilblains after consulting your doctor.

Chilblains usually occur in Young girls, elder people, and children.

People who have poor peripheral blood circulation are also at risk.

Who is at risk of Chilblains?

Chilblains usually occur in Young girls, elder people, and children.
People who have poor peripheral blood circulation are also at risk.

Which part of the body is most vulnerable to Pernio?

Usually, Feet are most vulnerable as they are not fully covered most of the time.

What if I suffer from chronic chilblains?

You must seek medical assistance if you suffer from chronic chilblains as this may be an indication of Edema, heart problems, etc

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