Everyone is familiar with the “frostbite” phenomenon, but our hands are often forgotten. Imprudently, even the cold can cause our hands to itch. It is called frostbite when the fingers become itchy, dry, or swollen with reddish-blue or purplish-blue spots on the hands. There is no panacea that will make these complaints disappear like snow in the sun, but there is something you can do to alleviate the pain and itching!
Frostbite occurs when fingers and hands are exposed to freezing conditions for extended periods. Lack of proper clothing, homelessness, and exposure to cold during military service are common risk factors. Certain conditions can limit the ability to walk away from exposure or make fingers more vulnerable to cold. Examples include alcohol and drug abuse, diabetes, mental illness, malnutrition, and dehydration. According to one study, children, people of African descent, and smokers are more prone to frostbite. In addition, fingers that have suffered frostbite in the past are at increased risk for new injuries.
1) Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Although not scientifically proven, apple cider vinegar has countless uses. It is also effective against frostbite. Drinking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water every day improves circulation and results in smoother skin. It is worth a try!
2) Wear Cotton Gloves
It goes without saying, when you go outdoors, you must wear gloves. Your hands better not get cold. Wind and rain can affect your hands as well, even if it is not below freezing. In winter, it is best to wear cotton gloves and avoid fabrics such as fleece and leather. These fabrics are warm, but they can make your hands sweat and also dry them out. Cotton is more suitable for frostbite because it is breathable.
3) Make a Bath Against Frostbite
Is the cold weather making your hands dry? Time to bathe them. No hassle, simply add a few drops of almond oil to warm water and soak your hands in the water for about five minutes. Be careful of the temperature, as water that is too hot will actually dry out your hands. Dry hands well after bathing.
4) Keep Your Hands Moist
After bathing, rub the frostbite well; it is recommended to do this as often as twice a day. Do not be tempted by expensive hand creams, which often contain perfumes and other irritants. Lubricate with vaseline, breast cream, or sudo cream. It should feel good and be greasy. Your hands will feel silky smooth.
5) Practice Hand Exercises
As with any other body part, it is essential to exercise the hands. It stimulates blood circulation and keeps your hands soft and warm. Try not to make the same motions for long periods of time, such as typing or scrolling on your smartphone. Exercise your hands once in a while.
A simple exercise to warm up your muscles is to clench your fists. To do this, clench your fists and wrap your thumbs around the tops of your fingers; hold for 30-60 seconds, then spread your fingers apart again. Repeat this exercise 5 times on each hand.
6) Epsom Salts For Frostbite
You will need:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
What To Do
- Fill the bathtub with water and add Epsom salts.
- Soak in the Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes.
How Often Should You Do It?
For optimal results, it should be done once a day.
Epsom salts contain magnesium, which helps with inflammation. It relieves blisters, pain, and redness.
Do you have any other tips against frostbite? Don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments below!