Chilblains is sometimes misdiagnosed as Cryoglobulinemia

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Cryoglobulinemia, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Chilblains.

Chilblains is inflammation of the small blood vessels in the skin that happens in response to exposure to cold air and can recur seasonally. Symptoms include small itchy red areas on the skin (usually on feet or hands), possible blistering or ulcers, swelling of the skin, burning sensation and changes in skin colour from red to dark blue with pain. Chilblains is often misdiagnosed as Raynaud’s phenomenon.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Small itchy red areas often on feet or hands, changes in skin colour accompanied by pain, possible blistering or skin ulcers, swelling of skin, burning sensation on skin

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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