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Chilblains: a blast from the past

The old days were all very well but some things, like chilblains and the traditional remedies for them, are best consigned to the history books, says Jane Bates

The old days were all very well but some things, like chilblains and the traditional remedies for them, are best consigned to the history books, says Jane Bates

What a strange profession we belong to. All you are expecting is a coffee and a chat and suddenly your companion – whose piece of Victoria sponge you have been diving into on the premise that shared cake has zero calories – divests themselves of an item of clothing.

On this occasion, it was a sock. She wanted my opinion about her toes, which were sore and covered in blisters. This symptom was reminiscent of the chilblains we all suffered from as children, which is exactly what they were.

It was a blast from the past thanks to the Beast from the East. Neither of us had seen chilblains since we were young,

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