Today, I found out that I have Chilblains. My toes started getting red and swollen, then started turning purple in places, almost a month ago. They are very sore. My doctor was stumped, prescribed antibiotics, and said it should get better soon. It got worse. Another doctor said it looked like frostbite. I went to the dermatologist today. He took one look and knew exactly what it was; Chilblains. This occurs when you develop a sensitivity to cold and blood vessels break under the skin, causing swelling, pain and red, purple or blue coloration. I have read that sometimes there is itching but mine never itched, they just hurt. In this picture, they are getting better and are no longer purple. The doctor said it is important that they not get cold again. (more pictures here) It’s kind of creepy to have sore purple toes, and I was worried when I didn’t know what was wrong with them. My fingers are getting it now, too. But at least I know what is going on. Also, I wasn’t out in the cold, that is not how I got Chilblains. I got it from sitting in a cold room (my office, about 65 degrees) for a long time. I just suddenly have a sensitivity to cold. It doesn’t even have to be extreme cold. Is this a good enough reason to move to Florida?
You may notice on the side if my big toe on the left, and on the toe next to my big toe on my right foot they are still a little purple. It is now January, 2013, and I have not gotten Chilblains again.
My previous post accused Ugg boots of causing a skin infection in my toes. If you suspect a skin infection from Uggs, maybe you have Chilblains like I do. At least now I can keep my Ugg boots. I need to wash them first, though. Which I tried and it worked out pretty well.
Related: I washed and dried my Ugg Boots