It’s always been a trade-off for Raynaud’s sufferers – style or warmth: Either you look fashionable and freeze your paws off, or you wrap your hands in thick, bulky mitts that make you look like Nanook of the North heading for the slopes. So we were really excited to discover these new gloves from UniqKnits™. […]
Received the Guide, it’s very informative! Thank you. by P.M. (TX)
Thank you for all your support. I used to feel so alone in my suffering!!! by M.D. (NH)
Thank you so much for such an informative site. I really feel you have helped me not only understand the disease, but how to deal with it effectively. by L.W. (MD)
So glad I found you 🙂 Thank you. by B.M. (Facebook Fan)
The Raynaud’s Association has enabled me to quickly access research and products that can help my severe Raynaud’s syndrome. by J. (Facebook Fan)
I’m happy to at least find a place where I’m not alone 🙂 by L.P. (Facebook Fan)
Thank you for sharing all this info. I am trying to make people aware of this illness, too… by J. F. (Facebook Fan)
Hi, I did not know what I had until I found this site. I have both rosasea and Raynauds and it is affecting my life…Thank you so much. by K.R. (Ontario)
I came across your site and wanted to say thanks for providing a great resource to the lupus community. by N. L. (CA)
This is an awesome awareness video!…a great post to share with family and friends who are unaware of what Raynaud’s is…Thanks to the Raynaud’s Association for the great work! by J. W. (Canada)
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…
We don’t usually like to refer our readers to sites that are big on pop-up ads, referrals to fake news stories and are generally just traffic pages to be monetized, but this one had information that our members and followers tell us is of interest: Natural ways to improve blood circulation. Caveat: These suggestions are not […]
This past fall we introduced a new product in our Marketplace section: The G-Tech Hand Warmer – a portable warming pouch offering instant heat anytime, anywhere. The warmers were such a big hit that they sold out quickly (now back in stock!). We’re happy to report that the manufacturer has imbedded this awesome technology into a Heated […]
We’re always glad to see publications and organizations helping to get the word out about Raynaud’s, particularly as we’re entering peak season for the kind of cold, wet, windy weather that triggers attacks for most Frosties. This year it appears Raynaud’s is getting global attention! Here’s a sampling of the articles we’ve recently come across: Cold […]
We wanted to share this short, but informative video found on YouTube titled What Drugs Cause Raynaud’s? This is a subject not often covered by medical resources, so we were happy to see it given this entertaining treatment:
We found an article on Prevention’s web site that includes information that we contributed in 2009 to a book published by Rodale, Prevention’s parent company, called the Doctor’s Book on Home Remedies. The web article is dated 2014, so it’s good to see our efforts recycled! Two things covered by Prevention that aren’t commonly shared by doctors: First, […]
Well & Good, a publication in New Zealand, published an article in August 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 this article was published during winter in that part of the world, this was very timely content for local Kiwis. […]
Our founder and chairman Lynn Wunderman was interviewed on October 17th on the iHeart Radio show for women, Fearless Fabulous You! The host Melanie Young is a fellow Frostie, and it was a good opportunity to discuss Raynaud’s symptoms, the issues associated with being properly diagnosed, along with coping strategies for Raynaud’s sufferers. The interview […]