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I've had chilblains every winter (bar one) for the last 44 years. For as long as I can remember I've had an abnormally slow pulse - I just checked it now, after sitting for half an hour, and it's 39bpm.
Do any of you fellow chilblain-sufferers have a similar circulatory condition?
There seem to be a few different sorts of chilblains. Mine have always gone away when I get in bed under the doonah and get warm. I've never had a problem with itching once I'm in bed. Maybe it's because where I live it doesn't get really cold in winter (though it's cold enough to bring on my chillies).
This year I've got in early and am taking calcium with vit D, and also having 3 cups of ginkgo tea every day. As well I'll be keeping a supply of stew or casserole or curry in the fridge to heat up and eat at the first sign of cold fingers or toes. The aim is to stop the fingers going numb and pale - that seems to always happen the day before a chilblain attack.
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