We just published our press release with PR Newswire announcing October as Raynaud’s Awareness Month, along with a link to our latest public service announcement. Please check out the news on “Why Millions of Americans Are Feeling Blue” and share it with your family and friends. We need your support to help get the word out! […]
I would like to send a BIG thank you to all those involved…It is so nice to have someplace to turn to with those who understand a connection with others experiencing the same problems! by M.M. (AR)
…my fingers kept “bruising,” yesterday I took in pictures to my new doctor after trying to explain it on my last visit, he said you have Raynaud’s…Thank you for being here 🙂 by W.K. (Facebook Fan)
I want to learn everything I can about this disease and to deal with it…Thank you for this website. by M.R-B. (VA)
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I’m sure all who visit this page will agree that the Raynaud’s Association is the best source of information and support for all of us with Raynaud’s. by J.W. (Facebook Fan)
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This Association has been so helpful for me – so supportive as I navigate this frustrating and under researched phenomenon. The information provided is always helpful. by Anonymous
I am thankful to have the Raynaud’s Association as a very important source of information, without you guys many of us would never know of the useful tips and information you share! by J. W. (Canada)
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Welcome to the Raynaud's Association
- If your fingertips, toes or any other extremity become painful when exposed to cold temperatures, you might be suffering from Raynaud's phenomenon.
- If holding an iced drink - or putting your hands in the freezer - causes your fingers to turn blue (or white), you could be one of an estimated 28 million people in the US who have Raynaud's phenomenon.
- If air conditioning often triggers your fingers or toes to hurt, you might be experiencing a Raynaud's spasm.
The Raynaud's Association is here to help. We're a 501c3 non-profit organization providing support and education to the many sufferers of Raynaud's Phenomenon - an exaggerated sensitivity to cold temperatures.
What Is Raynaud's
Raynaud’s (ray-NODES) is named for the French physician Maurice Raynaud, who first recognized the condition in 1862. The disease causes an interruption of blood flow to the fingers, toes, nose, and/or ears when a spasm occurs in the blood vessels of these areas. Spasms are caused by exposure to cold or emotional stress. Typically, the affected area turns white, then blue, then bright red over the course of the attack. There may be associated tingling, swelling, or painful throbbing. The attacks may last from minutes to hours. In severe cases, the area may develop ulcerations and infections, which can lead to gangrene.
Raynaud’s can occur as a “primary” disease; that is, with no associated disorder. It can also occur as a “secondary” condition related to other diseases, such as scleroderma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Approximately 5-10 percent of all Americans suffer from Raynaud’s, but only one out of ten sufferers seeks treatment. Both men and women suffer from Raynaud’s, but women are nine times more likely to be affected. Some researchers estimate as many as 20% of all women in their childbearing years have Raynaud’s.
Although it’s been over 100 years since Raynaud’s was recognized, little is still known about the condition, its cause, or its cure. The Raynaud’s Association seeks to raise awareness and understanding of this perplexing phenomenon.
In The News…
NY Magazine’s web site The Cut defines it’s mission as “Combining the beauty of a high-end fashion magazine with the dynamic energy of the web…The Cut is fashion, forward.” So we were excited to see the publication feature an article on Raynaud’s titled “Why Are My Hands Always Freezing?” It’s great having such a respected resource devote […]
We recently came across an article on the Verywell web site title: A Guide to Raynaud’s Phenomenon: Raynaud’s Phenomenon Explained. While we see articles on Raynaud’s periodically (wish it more often!), this one stands out as an excellent resource, as it covers a number of issues in plain, easy-to-understand language (no “doctor speak”). Content covered […]
We’ve signed on to Pinterest and created six boards that should be of interest to fellow Frosties: Hot Products Cold Facts Raynaud’s in the News Cool Quote Raynaud’s Stories Warm Inspirations Please check us out and start sharing our content to help us increase awareness of Raynaud’s. We’d also love to connect with fellow Frosties and […]
Our Sponsor at G-Tech Apparel created this wonderful video featuring a day in the life of a person with Raynaud’s. I know many Frosties will identify with this one!
Our Sponsor at G-Tech Apparel is giving away three of its Hand Warmers. To be one of the three lucky Frosties to receive these toasty hand warmers, here’s what you need to do: Read our Product Review on the G-Tech Hand Warmer and learn about its specific features. Imagine all of the different places and […]
Many years ago we discovered a slipper with microwaveable packs called Lava Booties and loved them, and when they went off the market over fifteen years ago, we were heartbroken. Now we’re happy to report we’ve found a similar product that’s even better! Snug Toes™ are easy to use – just pop the warm heat […]
Well & Good, a publication in New Zealand, recently published an article titled How to Manage the Pain of Raynaud’s Disease. We’re always glad to see Raynaud’s in the press, and given the fact that it’s now winter in that part of the world, this is very timely content for local Kiwis. We may not agree […]