Diabetes

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Posted by: Blair | 2012/07/21

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Diabetes and poor circulation

hi doctor , im a 18 year old female who was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic lasst year september after my father was involved in a hit and run accident. We do have diabetes in the family. but ever since ive been diagnosed ive been suffreing from extremely bad chilblains in my toes. Nothing works for them, they get so hot and swollen i land up walking on my heels or not walking at all. IS there a way i can treat this?? My Doctor did suggest a tablet that could help but i cant take it because of very low blood pressure. PLease can you help they are extremly bad .

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Diabetes expert

Dear Blair
Chillblains are caused by the feet getting cold and then rapidly warming up again. The main treatment is prevent them from getting cold, and therefore you need to keep the feet warm at all times. The drug that sometimes gets used is nifedipine, but if blood pressure is low, then it would make it even lower. Creams tend not be that useful.

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Posted by: Diabetes Expert | 2012/07/25

Dear Blair
Chillblains are caused by the feet getting cold and then rapidly warming up again. The main treatment is prevent them from getting cold, and therefore you need to keep the feet warm at all times. The drug that sometimes gets used is nifedipine, but if blood pressure is low, then it would make it even lower. Creams tend not be that useful.

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