Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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Houghton, MI 49931 US
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By contactus@northernfootandankle.com
January 23, 2018
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In today’s program, Dr. Reminga talks about a cold weather condition called Chilblains. When the weather begins to turn cold and winter settles in many people experience Chilblains. Do you have itchy feet, burning, and painful blisters that only occur in the cold weather months? If so, you may have Chilblains. This is a fairly common condition that I see in my office as temperatures start to drop. It presents initially as red, inflamed, painful patches of skin on the toes, fingers, ears, or nose. Chilblains is often confused with but different from frostbite. Medically it is referred to as Chilblains or Pernio. It often affects those who are out in cold weather for long periods of time as well as the elderly and those with diabetes... as this condition typically occurs in people with poor circulation. The origin of the word Chilblain is from Old English. “Chil” refers to a lower temperature and “Blain” is the name of a superficial area of redness and swelling.

It can be confusing and is often misdiagnosed. Chilblains is an abnormal skin reaction to cold. The difference between Frostbite or Frostnip and Chilblains is the absence or presence of moisture. Both occur with cold temperatures however, Chilblains occurs with chronic cold temperatures and in the presence of moisture such as damp, moist, wet conditions. It’s important to be aware of the risks involved with Chilblains and take extra precautions in cold weather. Diabetic patients need to be extra cautious when it comes to this cold weather condition. Listen to today's program and to learn about the chilling facts about Chilblains.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.

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