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5 Reasons to Gift Self-Heating Gloves This Holiday

At some point, everyone has gotten a pair of standard gloves as part of a holiday gift. Maybe they’ve been colorful, maybe they’ve been soft, but does the pair of gloves you’ve been gifted come with self-heating technology? Gifting our self-heating gloves is a great way to show someone that you care. Here are five reasons to wrap up some UNIQKNITS gloves this holiday season.

  1. Unique. Everyone has gloves, but few people have gloves like this! Our self-heating gloves harness the power of a unique technology to create a heated effect for wearers.
  2. Elegant. Our gloves come in a range of simple and elegant colors to match any wardrobe. Many of the heated gloves on the market are bulky and unattractive. Our gloves fit in with any style and look just like any standard glove.
  3. Cozy. What’s a better way to show someone you care than providing the gift of warmth? Our self-heating gloves are cozy, comfy, and provide warmth on long, cold winter nights – or any time you need it!
  4. Helping hands. Do you know someone who suffers from Raynaud’s phenomenon or other circulatory issue? Giving the gift of gloves this holiday could be a real hand-saver. Keeping extremities warm can be crucial in managing the symptoms of Raynaud’s and other diseases.
  5.  Function. Perhaps the best reason to give UNIQKNITS gloves this holiday is that they actually work! And without a bulky battery pack. Our self-heating gloves harness the technology of material science in order to generate and sustain heat.

 

This holiday season, give the gift of warmth during the coldest time of the year. No matter where you live, someone you know can enjoy the benefits of our self-heating gloves. Head over to our shop to check out the latest offerings and get your holiday shopping under way. And, if you’re not sure on which style and color your loved one would enjoy most – give a gift card and let them choose!

The Benefits of Self-Heating Gloves Without Batteries

When looking for the right heated gloves for your cold hands, it can be tempting to look through the multitudes of battery-powered gloves for the additional warmth they seem to offer. But with several complaints against them, are they really worth the price and the struggle? Here are some reasons that self-heated gloves without batteries could be a better bet for your cold hands.

Battery Life

Dealing with anything involving batteries brings along the added hassle of determining and then navigating the item’s battery life and charging schedule. Common complaints for battery-heated gloves at a lower price between $20 and $50 revolve around their 30- to 60-minute life and minimal heating power. And while other, more expensive gloves with triple settings are able to boast an eight-hour battery life on low power or two and a half hours on high, they come with their own set of issues.

Exorbitant Price

Acknowledging that certain higher-priced, battery-heated gloves work better than those at a lower cost does not take away from the excessive price tag associated with them. The highest pair currently on the market go for $400, while others hover around the $200 to $300 range — a hefty investment for gloves that could die on you at a moment’s notice in your time of need.

Bulky Construction

No matter how you look at it from the cheap to outrageous, battery-powered gloves have to allow space for a battery pack. This leads to bulky storage pockets either on your wrist or on the back of your hand, which can create an awkwardly imbalanced weight against your daily movements.

Mechanical Failures

Additional issues that come with battery-powered heated gloves are simply those connected to the mechanics of the battery devices. From simple charging deficiencies to malfunctioning connectors within the technology, you run the risk of your gloves not working the way that you paid for them to work.

Save yourself trouble when it comes to heated gloves and try a self-heating technology that won’t let you down. Visit our UNIQKNITS™ store to find a glove match that works for you.

 

 

Research Could Help Scleroderma Patients

A recent study conducted by Scleroderma and Raynaud’s UK (SRUK) revealed that people with scleroderma are waiting at least two years and have been through more than five appointments with their general practitioners before receiving an official diagnosis.

Over a fifth of patients involved in the study had to make more than 10 doctor’s visits and 6 percent had to wait more than 10 years for a diagnosis.

There are currently 2.5 million people living with scleroderma throughout the world. The autoimmune condition can cause serious health complications, such as irreversible damage to vital organs. Long-term health and quality of life for scleroderma patients, however, is difficult to completely determine unless a diagnosis is made early.

The study noted that one of the reasons scleroderma is not being diagnosed quickly and consistently is the subtlety of early disease symptoms. Most patients will have been suffering from mild bouts of Raynaud’s syndrome, causing doctors to treat related symptoms such as cold hands and feet, and hand swelling under the patient’s Raynaud’s diagnosis. Other initial symptoms include heartburn and fatigue, which are non-specific issues.

While the study emphasized the need for more extensive training for general practitioners in identifying and diagnosing scleroderma, SRUK has also been piloting new technology at a mobile clinic in Leeds, which could cut diagnosis time in half. Other tools supported in the study included simple capillaroscopy testing, which involves blood vessel review under a strong microscope, and thermography. Though it is still considered a “research” tool, success with thermography has been on the rise in determining whether a patient’s Raynaud’s syndrome is presenting itself alone, or in a primary state, or if it is a secondary condition on another illness, such as scleroderma.

At the heart of the SRUK study, however, was the call for more substantial research not only in the tools of diagnosis, but in the disease, itself, and subsequent treatments. Recognizing that rare disease screening is not a feasible endeavor for specialist centers when looking at the population as a whole, particularly when the rare disease only affects 0.1 percent of that population. That being said, research into conditions, like scleroderma, not only bolsters general practitioner understanding of such illnesses, but can help identify new tests and tools in making faster diagnoses that can then lead to specialist center referrals once the diagnosis has been narrowed down.

Dr. Francesco Del Galdo, an associate professor in the Head of Scleroderma Programme at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine, said that an added benefit of early diagnosis is the early administration of helpful treatments.

“Looking to the future… I am convinced that the best way to improve the outcome of an effective drug is to administer it even before the symptoms start,” Del Galdo wrote in response to the study. “The NIHR Biomedical Research Centre funded in 2017 in Leeds is completely focused on predicting the onset of scleroderma, as well as other autoimmune diseases. With the work on biomarkers that we have been doing, we are confident that we will be able to detect the advancement from Raynaud’s to Scleroderma 12 to 18 months before the onset of the symptoms.”

While continuing to support scleroderma research, there are ways to combat specific disease and Raynaud’s-related symptoms, such as the use of self-heating scleroderma gloves to help cold hands no matter what the day brings.

 

 

5 Myths About Raynaud’s Phenomenon

In honor of Raynaud’s Awareness Month, organized by the Raynaud’s Association, we wanted to take a look at some myths surrounding the phenomenon. While many are affected by Raynaud’s there is a lot of misinformation about it. From the idea that people can lose fingers and toes to the assumption it’s merely a nuisance, here are some myths about Raynaud’s and the truth behind them as noted in an article from the Raynaud’s Association.

  1. Raynaud’s is rare. While it might be unknown to those who don’t have it, Raynaud’s is not a rare phenomenon. It’s estimated that 5 to 10 percent of the population – 15 to 30 million people – suffer from Raynaud’s. In order to qualify as a rare disease, less than 200,000 people would have to be affected by it.
  2. Only toes and fingers are affected. Yes, fingers and toes are the most typically affected areas of the body when it comes to Raynaud’s, but that doesn’t make them the only things that can suffer symptoms. Raynaud’s can impact any extremity including ears, nose, breasts, and tongue due to the body’s response to cold. When the body experiences cold temperatures, it begins to shut down blood flow to outer parts of the body to protect the core and vital organs, therefore those with Raynaud’s can experience symptoms in any extremity.
  3. It’s just a nuisance. Raynaud’s is an actual medical condition, though those who do not suffer from it may consider it to be merely a nuisance. There are actionable steps that Raynaud’s sufferers can take to prevent or manage attacks, though oftentimes doctors don’t approach the condition with that attitude or provide information. A little-known fact is that Raynaud’s can be a conditioned response meaning the more attacks you have the more you’re likely to have. By avoiding attacks in the first place, you can limit your risk of additional episodes. If you don’t develop a consistent action plan, repeated attacks can actually cause permanent damage.
  4. Staying warm is the only treatment. While staying warm can definitely help someone suffering from Raynaud’s, it’s not the only way to treat the condition. There is no medication that can cure Raynaud’s or completely eliminate attacks, but there are drugs on the market that can decrease its severity. In addition to medical options, taking a holistic approach can also yield results. Practicing self-care through relaxation techniques like bio feedback and tai chi can have measurable effects for those suffering from Raynaud’s.
  5. There’s a risk for losing fingers and toes. There’s information out there that suggests a majority of Raynaud’s sufferers are at risk for losing their fingers and toes to gangrene as a result of the phenomenon. That’s just not true. Less than 10 percent of sufferers have severe issues associated with additional serious autoimmune diseases and of those a small fraction have extreme issues with potential loss of extremities. The typical Raynaud’s sufferer who isn’t affected by skin lesions as a result of another disease has no risk of losing fingers or toes because of the phenomenon.

If you’re suffering from Raynaud’s and in search of a new pair of self-warming gloves to help, visit our online store.

Source: http://www.raynauds.org/2017/08/14/10-myths-about-raynauds-phenomenon/

Patient Shows Signs of Raynaud’s Disease in Tongue

Raynaud’s disease, a phenomenon characterized by a person’s body feeling numb or cold, particularly in their fingers and toes, has now shown signs in the tongue of one woman, according to a recent study. While symptoms presented in the hands and feet can be mitigated by the use of specialty socks or Raynaud’s disease gloves that control temperature, symptoms in the tongue present a new level of difficulty with treating the phenomenon.

Researchers believe that Raynaud’s is caused by reduced blood flow after exposure to cold or emotional stress, though that is not always the case. The disease results in the discoloration of the skin and also causes paresthesia, or the tingling, prickling, numbness or burning of one’s skin for no apparent reason.

The 29-year-old patient had experienced intermittent Raynaud’s in her toes and fingers over the course of a six-month period. During a routine examination, she told doctors that her tongue had also occasionally turned blue or white, followed by dysarthria, or difficulty controlling the muscles for speech. She was usually affected by this reaction when she woke up in the morning, with episodes lasting approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

“Lingual Raynaud phenomenon has not been reported to be a predictor of worse prognosis from the underlying autoimmune rheumatic disease,” the authors of the study wrote. “Dysarthria can occur during these episodes, although no hypothesis about its mechanism has been proposed.”

While drinking a cold beverage or seasonal changes did not seem to affect her symptoms, the woman did say she her tongue was affected when her body felt chilled or she went through intense emotions.

The authors noted that while dihydropyridine calcium-channel blockers – such as amlodipine – have been used successfully in the management of lingual Raynaud phenomenon, treatment with Norvasc (amlodipine) assisted in shortening the patient’s symptoms in her tongue, but did not decrease the frequency they were experienced. The authors also suggested that patients who experience lingual Raynaud’s should take photographs to capture episodes and discuss the severity and frequency with their doctors.

Keeping on top of your treatment, whether through doctor’s recommendations or something as simple as always using Raynaud’s disease gloves, is key.

 

 

Transitioning Into Cooler Weather

While the transition from summer to fall can be disheartening for some, people with Raynaud’s syndrome face a whole new seasonal set of issues. As the colder weather affects those with Raynaud’s more acutely, engaging certain techniques and keeping the right tools close, such as hand warming gloves, will help you get through the season.

When the weather begins to drop, it is extremely important to keep an eye on extenuating circumstances that may cause an attack. Here are a few tips to bear in mind:

  • Avoid exposure to cold weather whenever possible, which involves properly layering clothing, coats, and hand warming gloves to cover any exposed skin.
  • Try to stay away from tight-fitting clothing on the feet or hands as it further constricts blood flow – a main problem within Raynaud’s syndrome.
  • Remove yourself from stressful situations and find a way to relax.
  • Caffeine and nicotine are also substances that should be limited or avoided as they can cause vasoconstriction.
  • Avoid prolonged vibrations, such as from snow blowers and power tools.
  • Exercise, when possible, to increase blood flow.

Another thing to note is that, although necessary all year-round, diabetics with Raynaud’s need to closely monitor blood sugar levels during the winter since unregulated high sugars tend to further blood vessel damage.

If you do experience an attack, the most important thing to remember is to never ignore a Raynaud’s-induced episode in any part of your body. Instead, respond to an attack immediately with rewarming techniques until circulation is restored. Some things to try when an attack hits include:

  • Moving to a warmer room or space as soon as you begin to feel an attack.
  • Making wide circles with your arms or lightly massaging your hands and feet to immediately increase blood flow.
  • Placing hands and/or feet under warm (but not hot) water to gradually warm them up.
  • Putting on specialty hand warming gloves, socks, or cover ups that will cut your body’s exposure to the cold.

Raynaud’s symptoms can be complicated and unpredictable, but having the right strategy to combat the severity is key to maintaining a balanced life, in and out of the cold. If you or a loved one suffers from Raynaud’s, whether on its own or connected to another disease, check out the self-heating technology in our line of hand-warming gloves for added protection and comfort during the colder coming months.

 

 

Abnormal Blood Cells Found in Raynaud’s Patients

A recent study published in the journal Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that abnormal red blood cells detected in patients suffering from Raynaud’s phenomenon may contribute to the disease. The study found that the abnormalities, especially increased cell aggregation and impaired deformability, contributes to poor blood circulation in small vessels, also known as microcirculation.

Though certain items, like gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers, help mitigate symptoms, the phenomenon currently has no known treatment due to the continued uncertainty regarding what causes it. Raynaud’s presents several factors linked to local diminished blood supply in affected body parts, including neural factors and vascular and intravascular abnormalities. Hemorheological factors – the properties of the blood including its flow – of Raynaud’s, however, have remained controversial in previous studies.

The research team for the most recent retrospective study analyzed blood samples from 74 Raynaud’s patients and 58 healthy patients (as the control). Certain blood parameters were assessed, such as the volume percentage of red blood cells in blood (a test known as hematocrit), plasma and whole blood viscosity, red blood cell aggregation, and deformability. They also examined cold agglutinins – antibodies produced in response to infections that cause red blood cells to lump together in low temperatures – and cryoglobulins – proteins that become insoluble at low temperatures.

The findings of the study showed that Raynaud’s patients do carry abnormal qualities in several of the hemorheological parameters examined compared to the control group. Researchers specifically noted that these patients have increased red blood cell (erythrocyte) aggregation and that the cells are overall abnormal since they presented decreased deformability, which is the ability of red blood cells to change their shape under certain conditions without breaking.

Analysis also showed, however, that while 70 percent of the patients’ blood was positive for cold agglutinins and 43 percent was positive for cryoglobulins, neither one seemed to influence the hemorheological parameters. Additionally, there were no reported differences between the hematocrit, plasma and whole blood viscosity in the two groups.

Since disabled deformability and erythrocyte aggregation can impair blood flow rates, patients with Raynaud’s syndrome are more susceptible to the impairment of tissue oxygenation, which can lead to the worsening of symptoms and even the development of small ulcers and gangrene.

“Erythrocyte aggregation and deformability seems to be unfavorable in patients suffering from Raynaud’s phenomenon, which can play a role in the disturbance of microcirculation, thus the phenomenon is not only a vasospastic, but also a complex circulatory disorder,” the team concluded.

If you’re suffering from Raynaud’s syndrome, our gloves may help. Learn more about our gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers here.

Ways to Increase the Effect of Hand Warming Gloves

When you suffer from Raynaud’s Phenomenon, or are dealing with Raynaud’s as a side effect to your scleroderma, keeping your extremities – especially your hands – warm seems nearly impossible. But not all hope is lost when trying to find some warm comfort for your cold fingers. Check out these tips to keep your hands warm in addition to using our specialized hand warming gloves.

Long Sleeves: A two-fold trick, wearing long sleeves not only keeps your arms nice and toasty, but finding sleeves long enough to fold over or tuck into your hand warming gloves help keep even more cold air from getting to your hands.

Layer It Up: At this point, you’re probably used to layering shirts, jackets, and leggings to keep your body warm. But did you know that it works for your hands too? With our hand warming glove as liners, you can double the warmth under gloves you already own to give your hands that extra hug during the colder months. They’re also light enough to be used on their own during the summer,  and they’re flexible for full range of motion and technology friendly when you want to use your phone.

Heating Pad: If you work at an office that just seems to keep cranking up the AC, give a desktop heating pad a try. When you find your hands are too cold, slip them underneath the pad for a few minutes before you continue typing away.

Drink Hot Beverages: Again, this is a tip that puts in two times the work. Drinking hot beverages, such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, not only warms the body, but keeping the cup in your hands adds just a little touch of warmth to your fingers as well.

Warm Water: Before you put on your hand warming gloves, give this little trick a try. Turn the faucet to warm, but not scalding, and let your hands sit under the running water for a few minutes. When you’re finished, dry your hands quickly and slip on your gloves to maximize the heat production.

Staying warm, even during the summer, can be a struggle – especially if you suffer from Raynaud’s disease. However, with gloves on hand and a few quick tricks, you’ll be comfortable in no time.

Raynaud’s Isn’t Just a Problem in Winter

When the Temperature drops low and the wind is starting to pick up speed, for most of us, it’s only natural to reach for your favorite pair of gloves to warm your cold hands. But for Raynaud’s sufferers, that feeling is there all year round. Our gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers offer a variety of stylish and comfortable options to reduce some of the cold symptoms of the disease.

Though doctors have not been able to pinpoint what causes Raynaud’s, the phenomenon is characterized by an excessive temporary vasoconstriction that commonly occurs in the fingers and toes, often triggered by cold temperatures or stressful situations. The symptoms include area pain, discoloration and the sensation of cold and/or numbness.

Most surveys have shown that 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population has Raynaud’s phenomenon as a primary condition, while 5 to 10 percent will see it associated with an underlying cause, such as an autoimmune disease like scleroderma. (To give perspective, rheumatoid arthritis affects 1 to 2 percent of the general population.)

The pain and numbness for Raynaud’s sufferers is compounded by the lack of choices they have in the form and functionality of products that claim to help. Individuals are often left with sweatshirts, double layers of socks, and long pants and sleeves as all times.

“I look at clothes through a lens of excess, always buying more than a normal person should because I actually need it,” Jennifer Billock, a guest writer for the Vox Media site Racked, wrote. “I look for thin long-sleeved shirts that I can wear all year, light gloves that can be layered depending on the severity of my Raynaud’s attack, cardigans to go over tank tops because I can’t just wear a tank top, thick wool socks that won’t overheat me. And I never, ever wear shorts. Not because I don’t like how I look in them, but because I need to have my legs covered, either by jeans or tights or leggings or tall boots or something, because otherwise it could trigger an attack.”

For individuals like Billock, the activities of shopping, moving and even dressing can be stressful and daunting experiences. Though few treatment options are currently available, there are ongoing clinical trials that are beginning to show positive and promising results.

In the meantime, give UNIQKNITSä a chance to help you handle daily symptoms with our gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers. Learn more about our products and how our gloves work.

Possible Treatment Finishes Trial

After announcing the inclusion of Raynaud’s phenomenon in its Phase 1 scleroderma cell therapy program in January, Cytori Therapeutics marked the completion of the 48-week follow-up clinical trial.

Scleroderma is a condition that involves the skin and internal organs with patients often having blood vessel dysfunction, which can create Raynaud’s phenomenon in patients dealing with blood flow impairment to their hands and feet. The condition can also create excessive tissue fibrosis, which can lead to symptoms of thickening and scarring.

With Cytori’s Celution device, researchers determined that it was possible to isolate a population of fat tissue cells that are believed to have important therapeutic qualities. Adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) were found to be able to maintain and repair vessel structures, modulate inflammatory responses, and reduce fibrosis processes.

Results from earlier phases of the trial showed that scleroderma patients given ADRCs-based Habeo cell therapy for up to 12 months saw improved hand function and 30 to 35 percent improvement in vascular suppression score in their fingers. The study also showed that, among the patients who saw improvement, Raynaud’s phenomenon was reduced by 68 percent compared to starting levels.

The positive results support Habeo cell therapy’s therapeutic potential and allowed Cytori to continue its randomized, placebo-controlled STAR trial, which enrolled 88 participants who had limited hand function due to scleroderma. After the completion of the results from the trial, participants given the placebo will be offered the opportunity to switch to the Habeo cell therapy.

Cytori hopes the results of the STAR trial, which are expected in the third quarter of 2017, will support premarket approval submission on its Celution device to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by 2018.

If you or a loved one is experiencing the pains of scleroderma and Raynaud’s disease, please see how our self-heating gloves may be able to help. Learn more about how our gloves work.