Dec 27, 2015: Cold and chill winter brings many health problems with it. Like some people are prone to cold and cough whereas some are prone to chilblains while others never have this kind of problem.
Lets Talk About Chilblains
=> Chilblain is a skin disorder that occurs in winter, causing red patches, itching, swelling and blisters on the fingers, toes, nose, and ears. It s also called ‘Shimoyake’.
=> Chilblains are the painful reaction of the small blood vessels in the skin when exposed to cold temperatures. The small blood vessels constrict when cold. If you rewarm them too fast, they cannot respond quickly enough. It is like a cold glass meeting boiling water. You need to defrost slowly to avoid leakage of blood into the tissue.
Here are some home remedies to get rid of Chilblains in winter….
=> Eat plenty of fresh fruit (particularly berries and kiwi), colourful vegetables, avocados, nuts, seeds and their oils, and warming foods such as ginger, garlic, onion, pepper and spices.
=> Mix eggs, wine, and fennel root. Apply this on affected area & let it dry for whole night.
=> Grind a few black peppercorns and fry them in a tablespoonful of hot mustard or sesame seed oil. Filter and use oil for massage – but not if skin is broken – while still warm.
=> Make a paste with a tablespoonful of honey, glycerine, egg white and wholemeal flour. Spread this over the chilblain and leave it overnight. Wash it off with warm water in the morning. It helps in reducing the chilblains.
=> Regular massage of hands and feet in winter with any warmed vegetable oil, with a few drops of lemon added, improves circulation. Use the discarded halves of lemons to cup them around fingers and toes, and rub them for a while. Wash off with warm water.
=> Soak hands or feet in a warm infusion of marigold flowers to which a spoonful of sea salt has been added.
=> Cut a raw onion. Use the cut edge all over the chilblains; let the juice soak into the skin. The severity of itching dies down almost instantly and also helps in reducing the chilblain.
=> Warm broken wheat or oatmeal porridge can be used to dip the fingers in, as a cure for chilblains.
=> Slice a potato. Sprinkle some salt on it. Rub it all over the chilblain. Helps to soothe the itching and redness.
=> Turnip is known to cure chilblains completely. Just soak affected areas for a few minutes in two liters of boiled water with finely chopped turnips. You can also rub freshly chopped turnips to the affected skin to heal the swelling.
=> Horseradish Root can be tied to the affected areas and left on for a few hours to heal the chilblains completely.
=> Extract the juice of one-half lemon and rub this on affected area.
=> Cook some celery stalks in half a liter of water for about half an hour. Soak affected areas in this infusion twice or thrice a day for best results.
=> Peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary oils may be used to massage swollen parts. However, you must avoid applying these over abrasions.
=> The best way to prevent chilblains is to keep warm by limiting your exposure to low temperatures. Use layers of warm clothes. Keep the workplace and home comfortably warm. If you have to go outside in the cold, cover all body parts that may be exposed, such as the hands, feet, and face.
=> To ensure adequate circulation in the feet, avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes or boots. Moisturize the feet to prevent skin dryness and cracking. Diabetics should check their feet regularly because they are prone to infection, of which they may not be aware.
=> Don’t expose your feet to any source of direct heat.
=> Exercise to improve blood circulation. Cardio exercises such as brisk walks, jogging, and bicycling increase blood circulation to the arms and feet especially during winter.