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Suffering with chilblains, swollen purple toes with itching, become numb. Solution ?

I have suffered with what my doctor has said to be chilblains for a few years now but aswell as being itchy my toes go purple, black and red and one of my toes have swollen up like a balloon , it this just chilblains? I can t find anything to reduce the pain and itchyness , and they swell up so much that they become numb and its then difficultto walk. It happens when they are cold and even when they re hot in summer
Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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Hi,

It is typical for chilblains to occur in cold or in hot conditions. Usually, corticosteroid creams are used to treat such conditions locally, and prescribed by your doctor.

Sometimes, chilblains can go infected; so you must check with your doctor if the toe is infected to get antibiotic treatment.

I also advise:

- keep the toe bandaged and warm after applying prescribed cream/lotion
- avoid scratching
- apply cream/lotion against itching

All the best!
Dr.Alba
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Suffering with chilblains, swollen purple toes with itching, become numb. Solution ?

Hi, It is typical for chilblains to occur in cold or in hot conditions. Usually, corticosteroid creams are used to treat such conditions locally, and prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes, chilblains can go infected; so you must check with your doctor if the toe is infected to get antibiotic treatment. I also advise: - keep the toe bandaged and warm after applying prescribed cream/lotion - avoid scratching - apply cream/lotion against itching All the best! Dr.Alba