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.