What Are Those Itchy Red Patches on My Toes?

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Texas is not a place you normally associate with winter toe pain, but if you take a ski trip or travel to the frozen north, you might not have the proper gear to protect your feet. You could end up with some itchy red patches on your toes that are unlike anything you’ve seen before. These swollen areas of skin are called chilblains. 

These patches are caused by your skin warming up too quickly after being exposed to freezing temperatures. People mainly experience them on their extremities such as toes, fingers, or ears. It’s important to wear proper winter clothing if you plan on being in freezing weather, including a hat, gloves, and layers of socks.

The itchy red patches will usually heal over time on their own. Different kinds of creams or even prescription medications may be administered by a doctor to help with the healing process. However, sometimes chilblains will develop into open sores (mainly due to scratching the area), and then infection is able to set in. If the pain becomes unbearable, it may be that a virus has made its way into your body. A doctor can prescribe an antibiotic to fight that. Just remember to not scratch the area and to keep it as clean as possible.

If you have chilblains, or developed an infection because of it, call Dr. Robert Parker today at 281-497-2850 to schedule an appointment. Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston will get the job done so you can go back to enjoying your life without toe pain.

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