Chilblains - symptom alleviation using Dettol ointment

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Dettol ointment works for me every time, with symptoms disappearing within a few hours.This is hard for me to understand in light of the apparent cause and I have no biomedical explanation, but I wanted to share my experience anyway.

These days I apply it at the first sign of that weird hot slippery-toes feeling, and from there the symptoms rarely progress (reapply two or three times per day). But even if I let it get bad, Dettol seems to work fast. I typically discontinue after a few days.

I had no success with anything else, including using prescription-only cortisone cream (try anything, right?)

Disclaimer: I have not been clinically diagnosed, and by all accounts my symptoms are not as severe as some I've read about. But since it worked for me there must be others for whom Dettol will be effective. If you are a medico please refrain from dissing the idea too badly – I have a degree in biochemistry and I know that there's no real basis for a topical treatment affecting chilblains. No harm in trying?

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    Sounds like it might be worth trying Bruce but are you sure they're chilblains?  Might be a fungal infection perhaps.  Do you get numb and pale fingers or toes several hours before the itching and burning starts?

    As I said somewhere else, I'm trying the calcium/vit D supplements this winter, and also gingko tea.  And giving up caffeine.

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      Indeed it might not be chilblains as I've never had a diagnosis. But I suspect that many others are in the same boat as me (and self- or misdiagnose) and so antiseptic cream is still worth a try.

      For me the symptoms begin with a sensation that's kind of 'cold' and 'slippery', if that makes sense. Each of my toes feel like they're covered in oil (they feel that way only to the other toes, not when touched by hand). It only happens in cold weather.

      Evil bloody condition, huh?  

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      Oh, and also I tried antifungal preps, with no success, before stumbling on Dettol.

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