Tuesday, February 1


At the risk of sounding like I live in a Dickensian novel,
am I the only person in this Modern World who suffers from
something as archaic as chilblains?

We can send people to the moon,
shoot messages across the globe in the blink of an eye
and even create a recipe
for risotto that doesn't need constant stirring. . .

so how come I'm sitting here with hideously red itchy cracked fingers
that resemble a bunch of malformed sausages,
and upstairs in my closet the shiny new boots that
were unbelievably reduced in the sale
glare at me with all the disdain of a smartly-dressed townie
mocking the country bumpkin wearing "old lady" shoes
because troubled toes won't fit into anything better.

Every year I try all the remedies
Every year I wear gloves and mittens and socks that
could've accompanied an Antarctic explorer
Every year I get chilblains

In fact this year, even my chilblains
have got chilblains!


Menopausal musing said...

Ouch! I haven't had them since childhood, but my other half had them this year. I found myself googling "snowfire" a few minutes to see if it still existed........ I always remember it being rubbed onto my feet...........

Menopausal musing said...

"a few minutes AGO" that SHOULD have read.................... doh! (smacks hand against forehead!)

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Oh poor you ... I am not a sufferer but remember my nan telling us when we were little "don't sit too close to the fire you'll get chilblains" ...... I can remember my legs looking like corned beef if I sat close to her open fire ;-)

Vintage Tea Time said...

Poor you - hope they go soon. Recipe for risotto that doesn't need stirring? Sounds good! I usually nurture mine like a nursemaid!

Vintage Sea Muse said...

O, how awful. Hope they go soon ... :0(

Shirl x

KC'sCourt! said...

Oh poor you - keep warm and I hope they go soon
Julie xxxxxxxxxx

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Poor you! I really feel for yoou as I used to get them on my toes when I was a teenager! I was told to use pee on them but never tried! They are a nightmare to get rid of though aren't they!

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Miss Bunny
I do not care what you say, you will still look polished & glam even with carbunkles of chilblains!
Josie xx

Donna ~ Love.Hope.Craft said...

OOoo, not nice are they :( I used to get them whenI was a teeneger and lived up the stables most the time, but now I just get sore knuckles every year, no way as bad as chilblains, but still annoying!
have you tried neat sudocream, then some cotton gloves overnight?
It used to soothe mine.

Have a good week, even with your chilblains Elaine :0)

Donna ~ Love.Hope.Craft said...

Sorry, forgot to add put the cotton gloves on over quite liberallly spread sudocream if you do it. :)

melbatoast68 said...

If you can get them, there are gloves and sock made in New Zealand made out of Posseum yarn (I think that's right). They are wonderfully warm and really soft to boot! My sister brought some socks and they are amazing. I wear them on the coldest days, they keep my feet warm, but don't make them sweat. Hope you can find some!

Rose H (UK) said...

Sorry that you're suffering. I haven't had them since I was a child, but can remember the itching and the pain. I've just googled Snowfire and it's still available in the UK from Amazon so maybe it's worth a try? Hope you're soon recovered.

Autumn Mist said...

I googled this myself a few weeks ago because I thought I had it, because my hands and feet itch and tingle at night, after I've been doing the horses during the day, but then found out how bad it actually is and now I don't think I'm that bad. I really feel for you, I think it looks so painful. I assume it goes as things warm up? You have my deepest sympathy. I would even bake you a nice apple crumble to show how much I care!!

sharie said...

I get them regular as I do a lot of work outside in winter. Last year I was terrible with Raynauds syndrome(white dead like fingers) as well as the chilblains and found out I was hypothyroid which was making them ten times worse.
Have you tried Balmosa cream? Or calamine lotion?

BTW mad as it seems always wear a hat as well as the gloves and thick socks - it does help , honest.

Sylvia said...

I can imagine those chilblains are very uncomfortable and annoying !
Hope Spring is coming soon and brings warmer days, Elaine !
Take care,

Kim said...

Elaine, you must be a teenager and we don't know it. EVeryone here had the chillblains when they were teenagers.. Just how old are you! I know they must be very uncomfortable. I have to Google Chillblains! Love to Kit

Kim said...

Oh I am so sorry, Elaine. Just looked up Google images and read about them...nasty and very sore looking. I did read this remedy:
'Avoid alcohol before going out in snow' From Wikipedia!xxoo

Emma said...

Poor you!
That sound horrid. Hope they go soon x

sandiart said...

I used to get them as a child and so did my mum and yes we were told to put pee on them, I didn't.
I think you have to keep your legs warm (and fingers too) so that you don't get them. Maybe you could get Lorraine (The Balancing Kiwi to bring you back some possum socks)
x Sandi

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