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05 Aug 2005

Chilblain on big toe
I know it's abnormal for someone living in SA (in Durb's) to suffer from chilblains but I'm 99% sure it's what I have on my big toe, corresponds with exact symptoms I read on internet. When I went to a chemist, they had no idea what a chilblain was, and neither does to local GP. I've had it since the start of winter and it's a red / blue lump. It feels like the nerves at the end of my toe are sticking out. I've had them before (in winter) and they usually go away on their own eventually but this one seems to be getting worse and is so painful. My feet are always cold and yet, when I warm them up, this big toe feels like it's on fire. The local GP confirmed that there seems to be a lack of circulation and has given me aspirin to thin my blood, ibuprofen for inflammation and cortisone tabs (I think). Will this eventually help or can you suggest something? I have got some cream from the UK for Chilblains but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Should I just rub it on or should the toe be covered? Look forward to some kind of advice, please!!!
Thanks a million!
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01 Jan 0001

Chilblains are not common in SA but they do occur.
The aspirin will help
You must keep your feet warm naturally i.e. blankets wool socks, thermal socksetc, but not things loke heaters hot water bottles or electric blankets, even bath wter should not be too hot (that will aggravate the condition.
This is very important read this twice then do exactly as I tell you
IF YOU SMOKE STOP IMMEDIATELY
(ignore if you are a non smoker) smoking amages the end circulation at the exat site where chilblains occur
There is some homeopathic remedies that also provide relief Icannot prescribe in this format but contact a homeopath
Sorry for the delay in answering I was away
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