Raynaud’s Disease Explained

Raynaud’s disease (Ray-nose) is where the small blood vessels in the extremities such as hands and feet, fingers or toes are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress. This causes a Raynaud’s attack where the fingers sometimes change colour, but not always, from white, to blue, to red. Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK and can impact your life.

A Raynaud’s attack can be a very uncomfortable, possibly painful, process. It can also make everyday tasks, like buttoning a jacket or unzipping a purse, very difficult. Raynaud’s symptoms generally affect the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be involved, including the hands, feet, ears, nose, lips, tongue and nipples.

Raynaud’s symptoms are:

  • a colour change in the extremities such as hands or feet
  • cold extremities and numbness
  • tingling or pain

People with Raynaud’s syndrome can get medication from the doctors to help with symptoms such as Calcium channel blockers.

There is no cure for Raynaud;s but the condition can be managed with diet, exercise, medication and prevention methods such as thermals and gloves

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