In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about Chilblains which is a cold weather condition.

Many people experience Chilblains when the weather begins to turn cold and winter settles in. 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 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.

Frostbite is a more serious cold weather condition. However, a case of chilblains is no fun either. It begins with itchy, burning skin a few hours after prolonged exposure to cold damp conditions. The skin turns a red to purple color and becomes inflamed with painful blisters or sores that may develop. In addition, along with pain, there might be swelling and tenderness. Once a person has had Chilblains, the condition is more likely to recur with each new exposure to cold.

Interestingly, women appear to be more susceptible to the condition than men. Also, people with close family members who have had chilblains, patients with lupus, patients with circulation problems such as those with diabetes, tobacco smokers, extremely thin or underweight people, and those with Raynaud’s Disease are all the more susceptible to getting Chilblains.

Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

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.