Chilblains (or pernio as they are medically known) are small, painful, red and itchy swellings on the skin, occurring due to exposure to cold. They can be found on toes, fingers, the face and ears.
Chilblains are caused by the skins abnormal reaction to the cold. People with poor circulation are more prone to developing chilblains.
Prevention is always better than cure, so it is important to keep feet warm in wintertime if you have poor circulation or are prone to chilblains.
If chilblains do occur:
If you are concerned or need advice about chilblains see an HCPC registered Podiatrist.