Chilblains is a skin inflammation caused by poor circulation and prolonged exposure to damp and cold. It can occur in above-freezing temperatures. The affected areas-usually the skin of fingers, toes, ears, nose, or legs-develop a burning, itching sensation. The skin may have lesions.
Chilblains should not be warmed in front of a fire or any other heat source. Allow the affected skin to warm gradually. To prevent chilblains, wear warm gloves, hat, socks, and pants, and other protective clothing during winter months. Avoid alcohol and tobacco when you plan to be outdoors for a long period.