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.