Raynaud's Syndrome

Raynaud's fingersRaynaud’s Syndrome currently affects up to 10 million people in Britain alone. Raynaud's is a condition in which the blood supply to the extremities is temporarily interrupted, causing the fingers and or toes to change colour. Raynaud's attacks can be brought on by just a slight change in temperature. Unfortunately many Raynauds sufferers are unaware that they have the condition that can affect men women and children of all age groups.

When subjected to extreme reactions to the cold or any slight change in temperature, the
fingers and toes may change colour and can be extremely painful. Initially Raynaud's may only affect one or two fingers, which may turn white and feel numb. The fingers or toes may then turn blue before turning red when blood flow is resumed to the extremities.

In this condition, the blood supply to the extremities, usually the fingers and toes but sometimes also the ears and nose, is interrupted. During an attack they become first white and dead looking. They may then turn blue and finally red and burning when the blood flow is restored. There may be considerable pain, numbness or tingling.

This can occur occasionally or regularly with all the fingers or toes eventually becoming involved. It can be very worrying at first, especially if the fingers then change to a bluish colour followed by bright red.

Not knowing why this happens can often make matters worse, as stress can also cause a Raynaud’s attack. A Raynaud's attack can often be iniTated by touching cold objects or exposure to cold temperatures.

Raynaud's Toe WarmerAt this point it is worth going to your doctor to find out what is wrong. More often than not if these colour changes are occurring in the hands and possibly in the feet, nose or ears, a diagnosis of Raynaud’s will be given.

By planning ahead and following a few simple rules, such as wearing suitable clothing and having heating aids available such as hand warmer packs, foot warmers and foot warmer insoles, you will be in a better position to keep warm in fluctuating temperatures and deal with the Raynauds condition.

This should help to minimise the problems which may otherwise cause pain and discomfort. Raynaud's Syndrome currently affects nine times as many women as men and can be hereditary.




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