Statistics suggest Raynaud’s Disease is very common, affecting around 10 million people within the UK alone, and population worldwide, and affects more women than men. It can start any age but tends to initiate around the mid 20s. Raynaud’s is a common condition that affects the blood supply to certain parts of the body – usually the fingers and toes. Cold weather or temperatures, stress and anxiety are all factors that can trigger the symptoms of Raynaud’s. This occurs because your blood flow is restricted, when the blood vessels go into temporary spasm. Read more below…
1 – Primary – when the condition develops with no other contributory factors
2 – Secondary – when the condition is caused by other ill-health, i.e. auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, atherosclerosis
It is very common to see the tips of the fingers or the toes go white. Numbness, pain, and pins and needles are also symptoms. It is also referred to as “white finger/toe”, “wax finger/toe” or “dead finger/toe.”
Although primary Raynaud’s is not serious it can be very uncomfortable, and the symptoms can last from a few minutes to several hours. There is also no cure for Raynaud’s but there are some useful tips to control or reduce the discomfort and the cold feeling.
Because the areas affected are mainly in the fingers and the toes we suggest: