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What Is Lupus and Why is There a Need for Self-Heating Gloves?

At least 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus and associated ailments. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs. Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders.

As a result, sufferers of lupus can experience other related issues like Raynaud’s Disease. Lupus-related Raynaud’s results from inflammation of nerves or blood vessels. It can be triggered by stress or by cold temperatures.

People with Raynaud’s refer to the loss of blood in their fingers as an “attack.” These attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Those who experience Raynaud’s find that their fingers turn white, blue, or red if the temperature drops below 70 degrees. These “Frosties,” as some people with Raynaud’s call themselves, say that as the fingers warm back up they experience pain and discomfort. Raynaud’s gloves can help provide comfort to sufferers of Lupus who experience this phenomenon.

Attacks are usually triggered by environmental or emotional conditions. These attacks can be related to a flare of up of lupus or be experienced independently of any lupus-related event.

But our heat-generating gloves can help. Our gloves use the combination of next-generation technology, your own body heat, and the environment. The result is a self-heating glove that warms up as you wear it without heating gel packs, batteries or wires. If you are looking for the best Raynaud’s gloves or just looking for heated gloves to keep your hands comfortably warm when it’s cold outside, when you wear UNIQKNITS gloves, you don’t have to choose between comfort and fashion.

How Long Does an Attack Last?

People with Raynaud’s refer to the loss of blood in their fingers as an “attack.” These attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

They’re usually triggered by environmental or emotional conditions. For example, holding a cold drink or overly air-conditioned buildings are two common triggers. Stress is another.

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Who Gets It?

There’s a primary and secondary form of Raynaud’s. In the primary form, it’s usually genetic and often first affects young women in their teens and early 20’s.

However, there is a secondary form of Raynaud’s that tends to affect people 35 and older. In these people, it can accompany Lupus, scleroderma and other serious illnesses. Yet, it can also be triggered by certain medications – even over-the-counter cold medications.

If you or someone you know has Raynaud’s disease, you can see your doctor for blood tests to determine if it’s primary or secondary form. Doctors haven’t discovered a cure and aren’t clear on its cause which means if you have it, certain lifestyle changes will help you manage it.

Managing Raynaud's

There’s no known cure however, you can take precautions to prevent attacks. Bundle up in cold climates. You can wear Raynaud’s gloves to handle frozen foods or in heavily air conditioned environments and try to keep your stress levels low.

We’re particularly partial to our Raynaud’s gloves.

If you live in a cold area, pre-heat your car before you go out and wear Raynaud’s gloves. Regular exercise improves circulation and helps lower stress levels.

While there’s plenty that’s not known about Raynaud’s, you can take steps to manage it. Why not take a look at our special high tech, yet fashionable self-heating gloves designed for people with circulatory problems.