Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Treatment options for chilblains include:

  • Corticosteroid creams. Topical corticosteroids can help relieve itching and swelling.
  • Prescription medication. A blood pressure lowering drug called nifedipine (Adalat CC, Procardia) is sometimes used to treat the cause of chilblains, since it can help open up blood vessels. Another medication that helps improve blood flow that may be prescribed for chilblains is pentoxifylline (Trental).
  • Infection prevention. If your skin has broken, treatment also includes cleaning and protecting your wounds to prevent infection.
Dec. 06, 2012