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Cold, Sore Fingers? Practical Solutions for Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Many of us suffer from cold fingers and toes, particularly in cold weather. But how can you tell if it’s due to something more serious? Raynaud’s disease affects up to 10 million people in the UK and can lead to more serious conditions. Find out what it is and how to treat it below.

newsletterWhat is Raynaud’s disease?

Do you have any of the following Raynaud’s disease symptoms?

  • Cold fingers and toes
  • Skin that changes colour in response to cold or stress (from white to blue to red)
  • Tingling, numbness or pain in fingers and toes
  • Throbbing, stinging pain when you start to warm up or calm down again

Raynaud’s syndrome is underdiagnosed because so many people get cold hands and feet as part of their normal life. It’s caused by over-sensitive blood vessels which narrow in response to the cold and stop circulating blood properly. This is what leads to unusually bad coldness and discomfort.

There are two types of Raynaud’s Phenomenon – primary and secondary. Primary Raynaud’s is largely harmless, just causing pain when symptoms flare up. Secondary Raynaud’s is a sign that you have an autoimmune condition like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. 1 in 10 people with primary Raynaud’s end up developing an autoimmune condition. Your GP can help you find out which type you have and tell you if you need more help.

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Raynaud’s treatment at home with StressNoMore

Whichever type of Raynaud’s you’ve been diagnosed with, there are steps you can take at home to reduce your symptoms:

  • Stop smoking: cigarettes will make your circulation worse
  • Exercise regularly: exercising improves circulation and reduces stress
  • Reduce stress: eat well, take time to relax and make sure you’re not doing too much

When it comes to relieving the pain and coldness associated with the symptoms of Raynaud’s, it’s as simple as keeping warm. We’ve got lots of ways you can do this:


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