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The northern part of India is experiencing a bone-chilling winter this time around. The cold is so harsh that even the colour of our bodies is turning from pink to black and blue. Is it happening with you too? If the answer to this question is a big fat YES, check if your hands and feet are also itching and are swollen or not, because if that’s the case, you might be suffering from chilblains.
What is chilblain and what are its major causes?
Chilblain is an injury that happens when the skin is exposed to freezing temperatures for an extended period of time. Due to prolonged exposure to a chilled environment, the tissue that is present below the skin freezes.
If the exposure to low temperature exceeds, there are chances that frost might set in and can even lead to frostbite; although cases of frostbite will happen when you are in extreme temperatures. This could be in the case of direct skin contact with a freezing object such as freezing metals, ice packs or dry ice. Frostbite mostly affects the toes and fingers, but can be seen in the nose, cheeks, or chin too.
When it comes to chilblains, it is most common during the winter season, in windy weather, and at high altitudes. “During chilblain, the water in the skin freezes, causing visible and invisible damage to the cells and soft tissues. The cold can injure both the skin and the tissues underneath like muscles, nerves, and joints. Chilblain is so dangerous because it often numbs the skin first. Severe frostbite often causes the skin to swell up, and also causes uncomfortable blisters,” shares Dr Nivedita Dadu, renowned dermatologist, founder & chairman of Dr Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic to HealthShots.
Mild chilblain can be treated at home with first-aid care.
So guys, if you too, are seeing your limbs going black and blue, don’t ignore the signs, because it can turn into a painful ride.