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Chilblains

What are Chilblains?

    Small red bumps occur on the fingers close to the tips and fingernails and even on the toes.

    These bumps are actually fluid, blood plasma, that has seeped out of the cells into the surrounding tissues.

    When your hands get cold, the tiny blood vessels constrict.

    In your effort to warm your hands you may have immersed them in warm water, or wrapped them around a heater.

    This action creates a sudden change in temperature, causing a rapid increase of blood flow to the surface of the skin.

    The deeper blood vessels are not able to expand quick enough to respond to this rapid increase in circulation, causing the tiny capillaries to burst.

    The fluid creates the sore red bumps.

    Chilblains are very common in countries in the northern hemisphere, like Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and other European countries, wherever there are cold, damp weather patterns.

    In the initial stages they are very sore to touch and very red. As they start to heal they become quite itchy. Chilblains can last up to four weeks.

    You can have chilblains on your fingers or toes or both. Symptoms are similar to Frostbite, but is not as severe or damaging.

     

    Treating & Preventing Chilblains on Fingers:

    Chilblains are not terribly serious, but are very painful, if your fingers are touched or banged. Be careful not to scratch and open the skin, as you may get some secondary conditions or infections.

    We recommend wearing Prolotex™ Far infrared Therapy Gloves to help protect and prevent your fingers from getting cold and damp.

    Keeping your hands warm and avoiding sudden changes in temperatures will help prevent chilblains.

     

    Why Do Far Infrared products help prevent Chilblains?

    The threads in Prolotex™ products are fused with a safe formula of bio-ceramics that emit beneficial far infrared rays (FIR). These waves of soothing FIR energy penetrate deep into the tissues of your body and basically increase the molecular activity of the cells.

    The stimulation of the tiny capillaries and veins in your body dilate the cells and allow fresh oxygenated blood containing vital nutrients to reach the extremities of toes & fingers.