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chilblain

 [chil´blān]
one of the mildest forms of cold injury, characterized by recurrent localized itching, swelling, painful erythema, and sometimes blistering and ulceration upon exposure to cold and dampness; it occurs chiefly on the fingers, toes, ears, and face, but may involve other areas of the body. (This condition should not be confused with frostbite, another type of skin damage caused by exposure to cold.) The basic cause of chilblain is sensitivity to cold, sometimes due to circulatory disturbances that can be partially corrected by exercise and proper diet; severe cases require medical attention. Extreme heat or cold applications should not be applied directly to chilblains. Called also pernio.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

chil·blain

(chil'blān), Avoid the misspelling chillblain.
Erythema, itching, and burning, especially of the dorsa of the fingers and toes, and of the heels, nose, and ears caused by vascular constriction on exposure to extreme cold (usually associated with high humidity); lesions can be single or multiple, and can become blistered and ulcerated.
[chill + A.S. blegen, a blain]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

chilblain

(chĭl′blān′)
n.
An inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold.

chil′blained′ adj.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
A dermatopathy due to cold, damp climates, i.e., in the UK; presumed due to prolonged arteriolar constriction
At risk groups Infants, elderly, alcoholics
Management Proper clothing, smoking cessation, corticosteroids
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

chil·blain

(chil'blān)
Erythema, itching, and burning, especially of the dorsa of the fingers and toes, and of the heels, nose, and ears caused by vascular constriction on exposure to extreme cold (usually associated with high humidity); lesions can be single or multiple, and can become blistered and ulcerated.
Synonym(s): erythema pernio.
[chill + A.S. blegen, a blain]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

chilblain

Raised, red, round itchy swelling of the skin of the fingers and toes occurring in cold weather. This and other related disorders, are included in the term ‘perniosis’.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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