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  1. Hello,
    Welcome to medimetry.
    Thanks for the query.

    Although chilblains are uncomfortable, they do not usually cause any permanent damage. They will usually heal on their own if further exposure to the cold is avoided.

    Keep the affected areas warm. This means staying out of the cold, or wearing warm gloves, socks, etc, when outdoors.No other treatment is normally needed, as they usually go away by themselves.A range of creams and lotions can be bought from a pharmacy. However, there is no evidence that any of these are of benefit so they are therefore not recommended.Steroid creams are no longer recommended for the treatment (or prevention) of chilblains.If you smoke then you should try to stop, as smoking can make chilblains worse.Medicines are not usually needed. A medicine called nifedipine can open wide (dilate) the small blood vessels and may help to treat chilblains which are not settling within the normal time. Occasionally it may also be used to prevent chilblains in the winter months in people who have recurring symptoms.

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