PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
To prevent chilblains:
- Avoid or limit your exposure to cold.
- Dress in warm layers of clothing.
- Cover all exposed skin as completely as possible when going outside in cold weather.
- Make sure you keep your hands, feet and face warm.
- Keep your home and workplace comfortably warm.
If your skin is exposed to cold, it's helpful to rewarm it gradually, since sudden rewarming of cold skin may worsen chilblains.
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