Surprise over prevalence of chilblains

Chilblains — long considered the preserve of frosty northern hemisphere countries — are surprisingly common in Australian children, Perth doctors say.

They have reported a cluster of 32 cases seen at the Princess Margaret Hospital in winter 2010, in what is claimed as the largest ever case series of paediatric chilblains.

Although distressing to children and their parents, the chilblains were benign and typically resolved with one to two