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Chilblains [Feb. 22nd, 2012|10:55 am]
Tony Grist
Ailz has chilblains. I thought that's what they were- and now her podiatrist confirms it. I have them too, I think, though I haven't had them diagnosed. Chilblains are caused by nerves getting themselves frozen to death, so we need to work harder at keeping our feet warm.

We spend much of the day in a room with an unreconstructed wood floor. Very picturesque, very draughty. I've imported a mat from the front room (where it's not needed) to cover up some of the gaps between the boards. 
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-02-22 11:12 am (UTC)
I was also advised to keep whole leg warm (or arm for finger chilblains). Also, don't move from a warm room to a cold one - try to keep an even temperature - and, if you get very cold, warm the limb gradually
My home is probably smaller than yours, so I can keep the whole house at an even temperature - and add a thick jumper and tights - and I haven't had chilblains since I moved here, although they've been a nightmare all my life
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 12:12 pm (UTC)
That's good advice.

Our house is big and rambly, though not as draughty as it once was. We've been trying to keep the heating bills down- which probably accounts for the chilblains.
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2012-02-22 12:54 pm (UTC)
Big fluffy socks make life so much nicer.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 03:13 pm (UTC)
I so agree. :)
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2012-02-22 02:26 pm (UTC)
Down booties, I swear by them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 03:14 pm (UTC)
Those sound good.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 05:12 pm (UTC)
P.S. Ailz has ordered some. :)
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2012-02-22 05:21 pm (UTC)
I suffer from low blood pressure, which means constant problems with cold hands and feet. Down is the way to go, definitely.
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2012-02-22 08:00 pm (UTC)
Me too with low BP - and chillblains as well. Always cold, often achy. I wear sox 24 hours a day, have special non constricting bedsox so as to not stop circulation. I also wear flannel pajamas and long sleeve cotton pullover tops day and night. For me, it is much easier to STAY warm than to GET warm again.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-02-22 03:04 pm (UTC)
That is a painful condition.
:(
There are socks with thermal properties that you might look into. They're made for hunters and outdoors people and really work.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ailz says she's got a pair of those on at the moment- and her feet are still cold :(
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-02-22 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh dear...poor circulation must be complicating the matter, then.
:(
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, 'fraid so...
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2012-02-22 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yup, if it's cold enough, I have to wear socks AND booties, AND get some of those foot-warmer packets. . .
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-22 06:42 pm (UTC)
This has been a hard winter. We need to stock up with socks and boots before the next one comes along.
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