Our expert says:
Ceila, it sounds like it might be due to chilblains. Chilblains are red, itching skin lesions, usually on the hands and feet, caused by exposure to cold without actual freezing of the tissues. They may be associated with oedema or blistering and are aggravated by warmth. With continued exposure, ulcerative or haemorrhagic lesions may appear and progress to scarring, fibrosis and atrophy of the tissues involved. Treatment consists of elevating the affected part slightly and allowing it to warm gradually (NB) at room temperature. Do not rub or massage injured tissues or use heat (or cold). Try to protect the affected areas from trauma and secondary infections. These measures are usually enough. If not, your child can try taking nicotinic acid, Loftyl® or as a last resort, Minipress®. I have heard about “speensalf” working for other people and I suppose it’s a safe enough option to try. Other than that, I don’t think there is much more you can do except for seeing a dermatologist. Good luck.
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