What is Raynaud's Disease and Why is There a Need for Raynaud's Gloves?
28 million Americans are affected by Raynaud’s Disease and most don’t even know they have it. People with severe cases can develop sores, ulcers on their fingers and even infections.
According to the Raynaud’s Association, the disease is named for a French doctor who recognized the condition in 1862. Maurice Raynaud noticed that a spasm in the blood vessels interrupted blood flow to the extremities – fingers, toes, nose, and ears.
In other words, Raynaud’s Disease – also known as Raynaud’s Syndrome or Raynaud’s Phenomenon – is a circulatory problem. It can leave you with cold, throbbing fingers – even in mild weather.
Some sufferers find their fingers turn white if the temperature drops below 70 degrees. These “Frosties,” as some people with Raynaud’s call themselves, say this is painful as the fingers warm back up. Raynaud’s gloves can help provide comfort to sufferers.
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.
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.
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.
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.