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==[[Trench Foot]]==
==[[Trench Foot]]==
==Pernio (Chilblains)==
==[[Pernio (Chilblains)]]==
*Mild but uncomfortable inflammatory lesions of skin
**Caused by long-term intermittent exposure to damp, nonfreezing ambient temperatures
*Primarily a disease of women and children
===Clinical Features===
*Hands, ears, lower legs, feet most commonly affected
**Tingling, numbness, pruritus, burning paresthesias
**Cutaneous manifestations appear up to 12hr after acute exposure:
**Localized edema, erythema, cyanosis, plaques, nodules
***May progress in rare cases to ulcerations, vesicles, and bullae
**Rewarming may result in formation of tender blue nodules which may persist for days
*Affected skin should be rewarmed, gently bandaged, and elevated
*Nifedipine 20mg PO TID may be helpful as both prophylactic and therapeutic tx
*Topical corticosteroids and oral steroid burst have been shown to be useful
==Cold Panniculitis==
==Cold Panniculitis==

Revision as of 06:22, 3 December 2013


  • Frostbite occurs only when ambient temperatures are well below freezing
  • Nonfreezing cold injuries occur due to exposure to wet conditions when temper >freezing

Trench Foot

Pernio (Chilblains)

Cold Panniculitis

  • Prolonged exposure to temp >freezing leads to mild necrosis of subcutaneous fat tissue
  • Seen in children (popsicles) and women involved in equestrian activities
  • Resolution may result in adipose fibrosis w/ cosmetic defects
    • There is no treatment

Cold Urticaria

  • Hypersensitivity to cold air or water which may lead to fatal anaphylaxis
  • Treat similarly to urticarial lesions from other causes (i.e. antihistamines)
  • Avoidance of cold is recommended