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Chilblains

To help prevent chilblains, keep your body, feet and legs warm, especially if your circulation is poor and your mobility is limited. The whole body, rather the just the feet, needs to be kept warm. Trousers, long boots, tights and leg warmers or long socks will help.

You can also help prevent chilblains if you follow the a regular foot health routine.

If chilblains develop:

Don't scratch them; soothing lotions such as witch hazel, calamine or Balmosa cream will take away most of the discomfort.

If the chilblain has ulcerated, apply an antiseptic dressing. If you have diabetes or undergoing medical treatment, have the ulcer assessed by your GP or chiropodist/podiatrist.

If the chilblain hasann't broken you can paint them with a mixture of friar's balsam and a weak solution of iodine, which your pharmacist may make up for you, or an over-the-counter preparation. At night, rub some lanolin ointment well into the feet to help retain heat.

Feet up

When sitting raise legs / feet level with your bottom this will help counteract the effects of gravity d assist the returning blood to the heart. This is especially important if you have swollen legs,ankles or have circulation problems.