We recently introduced a new product line in our Marketplace section: Öjbro Swedish Gloves and Mittens – beautiful, colorful designs made of 100% merino wool, reinforced with four layers of insulation that will keep you warm and toasty! Sweater Chalet, our Sponsor who represents Öjbro in the U.S., wants Raynaud’s sufferers to get to know the brand […]
I’m so thankful for this forum. It’s great to have the support when needed. by Raynaud’s Forum Member
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)
Thank you for allowing me to join this group…I am so miserable right now. It somehow makes me feel a little better to know someone else understands. by L.R. (Facebook Fan)
Your site has been very helpful. Continue to do your good work. by T. B. (CT)
Nice to know I am not the only one with this affliction. I especially like the advertisements for these great products which help us, often at a discounted price! by E. (Facebook Fan)
I thank God there’s a web site like this. by C. (Blog Post)
I was recently diagnosed with Raynaud’s, and I have found it to be a blessing to have found this Facebook page. I now don’t feel as alone, and it has really helped me to understand the disease. by T.E. (Facebook Fan)
…This site is great for information…I love this site and the people here I can share myself with. by M.D. (Facebook Fan)
Great website! Nice to read about people just like me! No one in my family understands how debilitating this can be-especially with winters in Iowa. by L.H. (IA)
Great to find you here! Trying to thaw out for over an hour… by S.M. (Facebook Fan)
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…
For years we’ve lamented the lack of fashionable choices for Raynaud’s sufferers who want warm fingers in the dead of winter. Most options force us to wear thick, stiff bulky gloves and mittens that look like they were made for ski bunnies. This year we’ve discovered new options that offer Frosties stylish gloves and mittens […]
What a surprise to see a full feature article in the New York Times this past week on the Blue-Footed Booby, our organizations’s mascot (we named him Shivers!). The article covers a lot of information we hadn’t seen before about these cute seabirds with webbed teal blue feet, and we wanted to share these new […]
Editor’s note: Herbal remedies and wellness techniques are not clinically proven to successfully alleviate Raynaud’s symptoms. Please speak with your doctor before trying any herbal treatment strategies, as they can interact with medications.
We came across an article in the New York Times titled Why Fidgeting Is Good Medicine, and found it may have some useful information to help Raynaud’s sufferers who sit for hours at their desks each day. The article explores the health consequences of sitting, and quotes studies that indicate that uninterrupted sitting can result […]
It’s that time of the year when we come across new products that may bring warmth and comfort to Raynaud’s sufferers and share them with fellow Frosties. Heated Animal Ear Muffs – We first discovered these adorable ear muffs in a TJ Maxx store in Florida (yes, Florida!) and thought they were so cute, we searched for them on the […]
We recently posted a request for Raynaud’s sufferers to Share Some Warmth This Valentine’s Day and to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary by sharing some warm support for our cause. We’d like to return the love, so for each Frostie who donates and/or helps generate donations from others, we’re placing a Valentine Heart on this page in their honor. Please […]
Jolene (Canada) told us about the YETI Colster, a stainless steel can and bottle cooler. She says “It’s the best item for keeping drinks cold and fingers warm. This awesome product has been my best pal this summer, and although a little pricey, well worth the money.” The manufacturer says its double wall insulation “means you […]