Gloves for Raynaud’s Syndrome
WHAT IS RAYNAUD’S DISEASE?Raynaud’s Syndrome, also known as Raynaud’s Disease or Raynaud’s Phenomenon, is a circulatory problem that affects 28 million Americans and most don’t even know they have it. According to the Raynaud’s Association, the disease is named after a French doctor, Maurice Raynaud, who recognized the condition in 1862. This disease causes blood vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow to various extremities, most often when a person is cold or stressed. Reduced blood flow can cause fingers or toes to turn white or blue. Ears and noses are also frequently affected by a spasm in the blood vessels. In severe cases of interrupted blood flow to the extremities, people can develop sores or ulcers on their fingers and even infections. There are many misconceptions surrounding Raynaud’s disease, but continued medical research has provided increase awareness and insight into its causes, treatment and proper diagnosis.
HOW DO RAYNAUD’S PATIENTS DESCRIBE SYMPTOMS?
People with Raynaud’s Syndrome refer to the loss of blood to their fingers as an “attack.” These attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Raynaud’s sufferers find their fingers turn white if the temperature drops below 70 degrees. As their fingers warm back up they experience pain.
If you have or think you have Raynaud’s Syndrome, consult with your doctor for blood tests to determine if it is the primary or secondary form. A cure has not been discovered and it is often unclear what causes the Raynaud’s Phenomenon, but lifestyle changes can help you manage the pain.
WHO GETS IT?There is a primary and secondary form of Raynaud’s Syndrome. The primary form is usually genetic and often first affects young women in their teens and early 20’s. The secondary form of Raynaud’s Disease tends to affect individuals 35 and older with associated autoimmune diseases. Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that results in numbness and pain in one or both hands when pressure is placed on the median nerve, can also be more susceptible to Raynaud episodes. Third, some medications, prescription or over-the-counter have been known to trigger Raynaud’s symptoms.
WHAT TRIGGERS A RAYNAUD’S SUFFERERS’ ATTACK?Raynaud attacks are usually triggered by environmental conditions like cold outdoor temperatures, picking up a cold glass, reaching into a refrigerator or freezer, or sitting in air-conditioned buildings. Emotional conditions such as stress may also be a trigger.
MANAGING RAYNAUD’S DISEASEWhile there’s plenty that’s not known about Raynaud’s, you can take precautions to prevent Raynaud’s attacks.
- Bundle up in cold climates
- Avoid heavily air-conditioned environments
- Pre-heat your car before you go out
- Reduce stress levels when possible
- Wear UNIQKNITS™ Self Heating Gloves for therapeutic pain relief
Avoiding cold temperatures is not always possible, but warming gloves for cold hands can offer pain relief and help provide comfort. Discover how UNIQKNITS™ products differ from others on the market.
UNIQKNITS ™ SELF-HEATING GLOVES CAN HELPUNIQKNITS™ self-heating gloves have a unique, scientifically backed technology that provides even, constant heat to your hands without any batteries or plugs. The material is thin and they are easy to wear during all seasons and most activities. Our therapy gloves are ideal self-heating gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers.
Therapy Gloves for Raynaud’s sufferers can help people with associated autoimmune diseases by providing support for hand stiffness and swelling. Read more about common autoimmune disease associated with Raynaud’s Syndrome