Do you have Raynaud's Disease?
Raynaud’s Disease is a nasty disease that can make your fingers and toes very cold and numb. our symptoms may be triggered by sudden cold, stress, emotions or the use of certain medications such as beta-blockers. Your body reacts to these changes, where your small arteries temporarily cramp, resulting in a decrease in the blood supply to your feet. Your capillaries are located in your fingers and toes, among other places.
When such an attack happens, your toes and fingers discolour, first white, then blue, then red or purple.
Unsure if you have Raynaud’s Disease? Take Raynaud’s self-test. Even though the disease is not dangerous, it is a good idea to visit your doctor to find out if you are suffering from an underlying condition.
Tips for cold hands and feet
It might seem obvious, but the best thing you can do if you have Raynaud’s Disease is to keep your hands and feet warm. This includes on days when it’s not so cold. ust touching cold surfaces can trigger an attack, so wearing heated gloves(even indoors) can provide relief for many people.
In addition, you can try to find out what situations trigger attacks. Is it stress, or anxiety perhaps? If so, try to avoid them as much as possible. Do symptoms surface during certain activities at work? If so, discuss with your employer what changes and adjustments are possible.
Did you know that there some medications can make cold hands and feet worse? One such example is beta-blockers, a treatment for high bood pressure. Always inform your doctor that you suffer from Raynaud’s Disease before receiving treatment.
Tips for Raynaud’s Disease:
- Always dress warmly, preferably in layers so you can easily take clothes off or put them on. This includes when it’s warm outside.
- Also consider heated clothing, such as a heated bodywarmer, a heated jacket or heated trousers.
- Wear gloves or at least make sure you have them with you. Not just outdoors – you can also wear thin gloves indoors. Gloves with silver wire are well known, but more effective perhaps are heated gloves with batteries.
- Buy woollen socks or invest in a pair of electrically heated socks.
- Stop smoking, it’s not good for your circulation.
- Try to schedule as much exercise as possible into your daily activities.
- Avoid anxiety and stress.
- Do you have at least two attacks of white fingers and or toes every day? If so, consult with your doctor to see if the drug Nifedipine might be right for you.
Which gloves should I buy?
There are people who benefit from gloves with silver wire, unfortunately this is not true for everyone. A good solution is to wear electrically heated gloves. These include our HeatPerformance Ultra thin heated gloves. These gloves emit 50°C of heat within 30 seconds.
The fabric is thin enough that the glove does not restrict you in your activities in and around the home, while working, lifting, grasping – you can do everything you would normally do while wearing them. The thermal conductors are on the back of the hand and at the top of the fingers, so you can grasp everything without worrying about damaging anything. The battery is also so small that it will never get in your way.
The thumb and forefingers have a special touchscreen fabric, so you can keep your gloves on to operate your phone.
The gloves are thin enough to wear under your gloves to protect you on cold winter days.Shop here our thin HeatPerformance® THIN gloves
Which socks or soles should I buy?
Which you choose is entirely up to you! The properties of each sock and sole can be found in a clear diagram on the page How do our heated products work? For example, we have soles in different thicknesses that each give off their own powerful heat, socks with different thicknesses, with or without remote control. The price is also worth considering – electrically heated socks and soles are not cheap. But for many, the investment is well worth it!