Raynaud’s disease is common and affects a person’s blood circulation. When a person with the condition is cold, anxious or stressed, their fingers and toes may change colour. Keeping your home warm is one of the things you can do to help symptoms. Consumer journalist Alice Beer recommends “silver” gloves.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, she said: “10 million people in the country suffer from Raynaud’s.”
Modelling some black gloves she said: “These are 12 percent silver - the thread running through it. So they will really reflect the heat back onto your skin.
“These are from Raynaudsdisease.com and they are really super cosy.
“The good thing is because they’ve got the metal running through them, you can use them to operate your phone, because they’ve got that metallic thing running through them.”
The NHS suggests other things that might help Raynaud’s:
- Wear warm clothes during cold weather, especially on your hands and feet
- Exercise regularly – this helps improve circulation
- Try breathing exercises or yoga to help you relax
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
The health body says yo shouldn’t smoke and should improve your circulation by stopping smoking.
You should also avoid having too much caffeine (found in tea, coffee, cold and chocolate) as it may trigger the symptoms of Raynaud’s.
You should see a GP if your symptoms are very bad or get worse, or if Raynaud’s is affecting your daily life.
Also see a doctor if your symptoms are only on one side of your body, you have joint pain, skin rashes or muscle weakness, and if you’re over 30 and get symptoms of Raynaud’s for the first time.
If symptoms are very bad or get worse a GP may prescribe a medicine to help improve circulation, such as nifedipine. This is used to treat high blood pressure.
The NHS explains: “Some people need to take this medicine every day. Others only use it to prevent Raynaud's – for example, during cold weather.
“A GP may arrange tests if they think Raynaud's could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.”
Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK is a charity to support people with Raynaud’s.
The charity explains who’s more likely to develop Raynaud’s: “Primary Raynaud's is more common in young women and girls, although both forms of the condition can affect men, women and children of any age.
“Many people with Raynaud's have never actually seen a doctor about their symptoms. If you or someone you know suffers from cold hands or feet regularly, it is always worth talking to your doctor.
“There are excellent treatments that can relieve the unpleasant symptoms of Raynaud's attacks.
“It is also important that any associated conditions that may have caused secondary Raynaud's to develop are ruled out.”