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Hi there all

I've been reading the boards most days but not posting for quite a while.

I was wondering, many of you talk of your cold extremities and the multi-coloured digits due to Raynauds but I don't think I've read of anyone mentioning getting chilblains. I have relatively mild Raynauds, my hands and feet are often cold and my big toenails often blue and one thumb tends to turn blue, often when not particularly cold. They also turn blue at first when I get in a warm bath.

I get quite a lot of chilblains on my toes in the wintertime even with several pairs of socks on and I was wondering if anyone else has much trouble with this. Is there anything you put on them to soothe them? I used to get them a lot when I was a kid and they seem to have made a comeback this year.

Also, just recently I've noticed the half moons on my bigtoenails have turned red. Anyone else had that and did you ever find out what it was?

Thanks for any thoughts or experiences. Best wishes to everyone.

 

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No one else gets chilblains? Hard painful then itchy red swellings with a central point? Then dry and cracked, then peeling?

It seems it must be a Raynauds thing but no one ever seems to speak of them. It's not a major problem, but I was just wondering if it was common.

Hope everyone is having the best day possible.

 

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Chilliblains??????? Explain... Oh, UK? I also have raynauds. My feet crack and bleed in the winter. I must always put lotion on them. Teri/USA
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Hi Star,

I get Raynauds but dont get chillblains. If your Rayauds is related to it then there are some meds to help with blood flow to the area.

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Hi Teri and Lily

Thanks for your messages.

Teri - I wonder if you have a different name for chilblains in the USA. I'll ask my Dad, he's one of you
Your cracked and bleeding feet sound awful. Chilblains are a very definite thing, specific swellings (for me generally on the ends of my toes) with an area like a tiny cut it in the middle.

http://www.poolehos.org/rheum/CHILLBLA.HTM

Lily, I ought to ask my doc about it really, thanks for the prompt.

Take care both of you

 

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hi i too suffer with raynolds but i do get really bad chillblaines which i am suffering with just now. the only way that i can discribe how it feels is like walking on glass, and the only thing the GP can do is give me steroids to ease it for a while. Waiting to see my specialist to see if he can give me something else to help as feet are always freezing to touch and dont get any peace from it
 

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Hi Larraine

How awful! Yeah, walking on broken glass is a good description. It's been such a cold winter this year too. Must be even more so for you up in Scotland. Very hard to keep feet warm.

I hope you get some relief as the temperatures warm up a little and that your docs work out something to help you.

Best wishes for warm feet

 

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I have raynauds too, I'm not sure what Chilibians are there might be another name for it in the usa but I get blisters at the ends of my fingers and underneath in my nailbeds I also get the halfmoon things in my nails mostly in my big toe on both feet and on my thumbs...

My feet turn almost black when i'm in the shower but immediatley change back to the red color once i'm out of it...my feet always hurt when i'm walking :shrugs: i'll have to asky my doctor why that is...I wonder if there is something we can take for or circulation...

 

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Andi,

I take procardia generic nifedipine and it is for circulation and makes a huge difference with my raynauds. You can check with your doctor at your next appointment.

Take care,
Karen
 

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Chilblains are an English speciality often found in cold damp countries. Oh boy I remember well after playing hours in snow, putting freezing wet feet in front of the fire. They can hurt and itch so much it was almost enjoyable, if you see what I mean.

They are a form of vasculitis. The regular blisters can be too. So that fits with Raynauds. If they are open then it's important to guard against infection. Tea tree oil might help and a good anti septic ointment

See in full colour

http://www.dermnetnz.org/reactions/chilblains.html

Also

http://www.raynauds.org.uk/potioncms/viewer.asp?a=57&z=23

The redness on nails can be associated too.

Feel better soon

Clare
 

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QUOTE(raggedyann1 @ Apr 3 2006, 11:42 AM) [post=402745]Quoted post[/post]

Andi,

I take procardia generic nifedipine and it is for circulation and makes a huge difference with my raynauds. You can check with your doctor at your next appointment.

Take care,
Karen
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I'll have to write that down thanks for the advice *hugs*
 

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Chilblains

Hi all,

My sister suffers from Raynauds and I suffer terribly from poor circulation and agonising chilblains in the winter. I have made an accidental discovery which means I now have gone two winters without so much as a cold little toe!!.......Ugg Boots!! lol!!

I asked my partner to buy me some last Christmas simply cos I liked the look of them but oh my, they have changed my life!!! I'm talking about the genuine Ugg Australia ones. They are made of real sheep skin and are specifically designed to keep your feet at body temperature - both in summer and winter. You don't wear socks with them. I have wore them all last winter, every day, and they were just amazing!! I even wore them in summer on very hot days, and they stopped my feet from getting hot. My partner bought me another pair this winter - the Snowpeak ones. We have just had a foot of snow this week and I was out building snowmen yesterday, for SIX hours (!) in my Snowpeaks, with no socks on and I was the only one in the whole family who didn't end up with cold feet - not even remotely. These boots are a miracle to me after years and years (I'm 37) of suffering with toes like blocks of ice and angonising stinging or itching.

The boots are expensive, but honestly, in all my years, I've never found a better solution. I'm still fascinated. Yes, they are expensive (and make sure you buy from a genuine outlet like Cloggs, or the Ugg Autralia site). DO NOT buy from Ebay - I made that mistake in October and ended up with fakes which were no good at all.

I can't afford to buy these left right and centre. I get them as presents for Christmas, but to be fair, last year's are still as good as new, even though I've worn them to death. The most fabulous investment I have ever made, and I know they'll last me for years and years to come.

No more chilblains for me!! Yippee!! I'm so grateful for these boots, I could cry, honestly.

Hope this helps some of you.

Take care,

Linz x x
 

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I get terrible chil blaines on my hands-so much so i can't move my hands because i have so many aroudn the joints. But since starting my meds (pred and plaq) i haven't had any at all...not sure if its coincidence or not.

Before i started meds i used Wintergreen which is a herbal cream..that cleared them up over a long period of time.

I also wear silver lined gloves to help keep my hands warm!
 
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