Hope you’re staying warm this season! To help you manage the chills this time of year in Minneapolis, we wanted to make you aware that Warm Skin, a cold protection cream manufactured by one of our Corporate Sponsors, is now available at two Target stores in Minneapolis: 900 Nicollet Mall (Flagship store next to Corporate […]
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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…
By Joe Fleming President ViveHealth.com Holiday seasons are much anticipated. They allow you to have a momentary break from the usual 9-5 and spend a festive moment with family and friends. However, this anticipation can lead to expectations for a perfect holiday. With tons of items on our to-do lists like shopping, planning, cooking, gift-wrapping, […]
We tested Volt’s heated slippers when they first came on the market several years back and it was love at first sight and burst of warmth! There’s a great story behind the product. The inventor created these slippers for his mother who suffered from both Raynaud’s and peripheral neuropathy and found it difficult to keep […]
Our Sponsor at Infracare is giving away up to 5 pairs each of their socks and touchscreen-friendly glove liners designed to keep Frosties warm. To be one of the five lucky Frosties to receive these products, here’s what you need to do: Read our Product Review on Infracare Glove Liners and Socks and learn about their specific features that […]
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. Echo Classic Glittens – Ann in Texas found a great solution to warm her frosty fingers. Here’s what she tells us about these gloves: “I have tried a number of techniques and […]
We’ve added two new items this season to help keep Frosties warm: Special Edition Glider Gloves Our Sponsor at Glider Gloves is offering a limited edition version of their Winter style gloves branded with our logo on both hands. Unlike other touchscreen-friendly gloves, their triple layer, well-insulated design helps trap heat and circulate it. But […]
Jacqueline (CA) has had Raynaud’s since childhood. More recently she developed some additional health issues and cryotherapy treatment was recommended to her. She tried it and tells us “It was the worst thing I have ever been through in my life. I told the people at the facility about my disease but they said I would […]
We at the Raynaud’s Association are delighted to see a spate of new warming products designed with Frosties in mind. One such producer is EMBR Labs, a Cambridge, MA based company that has launched a very successful Kickstarter campaign for its Embr Wave heating and cooling wristband. The device delivers an instant dose of localized […]