The Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association is a national charity supporting sufferers of these conditions and raising funds for research and welfare projects.
Did you know that Raynaud’s affects up to 10 million people in Britain, a huge number compared with around 85,000 multiple sclerosis victims and an estimated 5.2 million eczema sufferers. Raynaud’s is a distressing condition in which the blood is temporarily prevented from reaching the fingers and toes. In its most severe form it is very painful, and in secondary Raynaud’s ulcerations can occur which may become gangrenous and lead to amputation.
Raynaud's Awareness Month - 1st-29th February 2012
Scleroderma is a largely unknown orphan disease affecting approximately 8,000 sufferers in the UK. Scleroderma means hard skin but the hardness is not limited to the skin - the internal organs and their blood supply may become damaged. Scleroderma can be devastating not only for the person who has the condition but also for the families concerned.
Scleroderma Awareness Week - 11th-17th June 2012
Handy Hints on Keeping Warm
- Always wear insulated gloves before going into the fridge or freezer.
- A hair dryer is useful for warming clothes and shoes before going out.
- Have a hot bath before going to bed. It will help to warm your body enabling you to have a good night's sleep.
- After a bath leave the water in while you dress - it will give off enough heat to keep you warm.
- On a cold evening you can get heat from ironing. A metallised ironing board cover will reflect heat and help to keep you warm.
- When going on a car journey, take a flask of hot water or soup with you just in case you need it in cold weather.
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Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association
112 Crewe Road
Cheshire ST7 2JA
Telephone: 01270 872776 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm)
Freephone: 0800 917 2494 (for UK enquiries only - 24hr answerphone)
Fax: 01270 883556
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