Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK. Although mild for some (“primary Raynaud’s”), for others it can be incredibly painful and an indicator of an underlying cause (“secondary Raynaud’s”). With Raynaud’s, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature, which can cause a Raynaud’s attack, where the hands may turn red, white or blue. Raynaud’s generally affects the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be affected including the ears, nose and nipples. It is more common in females than males and can affect anyone of any age, including babies and children.
We still don’t really know why it happens, but it can be triggered by a change in temperature, emotional changes, stress, hormones or using vibrating tools.
Many sufferers have never seen a doctor as they aren’t aware there is a name for their condition or that anything can be done to help. If you, or someone you know, suffers from cold hands or feet regularly, please don’t struggle, there are lots of ways you can prevent an attack of Raynaud’s and don’t ignore the signs, as some diseases have silent phases where you don’t feel any pain. A simple blood test may rule this out and give you peace of mind.
You can download our Raynaud's leaflet here (downloads as a pdf), our handy hints for keeping warm leaflet here (downloads as a pdf) and our leaflet on childhood Raynaud's here (downloads as a pdf).
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The link to the NHS Raynaud's webpage is here.