I can’t believe I didn’t think to look for a group like this before on Facebook!…people just don’t understand what Raynaud’s is like if they don’t have it.  I’m just glad I found this group :) by M.P. (Facebook Fan)
Thank you for the info! First time I have been here, and it’s nice to have the ‘connection’ with others in the world! by J.F. (NY)
I just discovered this website now and am very happy to see this kind of support is available to someone like me. by M.W. (Canada)
I haven’t spent much time on this forum but I have to say I have learned so much about my own condition…Today I used a tip that I read on this site..I am happy to say that it works! by P.M. (Raynaud’s Forum Member)
So glad I found this site…It’s great to know that support is out there…thought I would have to do this alone, but now I have hope to find some answers other than…it’s all in you head!!!! by Raynaud’s Forum Member
Thanks for your website, my first visit has really helped!! by R.L. (OH)
It’s great to have all these support groups and to know that you’re not alone.  Thank you. by K.C. (Facebook Fan)  
I just wanted to pass along my thanks to your organization and Gerbing…I learned of a great resource regarding Raynaud’s! Thanks so much! by J.P. (PA)
I love the product reviews and great ideas for keeping warm. by K.T. (PA)
It is nice to have an association where others are going through the same thing I am. by P.S. (NJ)

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 five 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…

Amazon Shopping Benefits the Raynaud’s Association

Amazon has launched AmazonSmile – a simple and automatic way for you to support the Raynaud’s Association every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a […]

Warm Skin® All Weather Guard

This cream is different from others we’ve featured in that it doesn’t offer immediate warmth or relief.  What it does do is help insulate the skin from the cold and extreme weather conditions.  So it is to be used for protection before going outdoors.  Sound too good to be true?  We thought so, too, but […]

Seeking UK Frosties for New TV Show

We were contacted by Optomen Television on behalf of a new TV series they are producing for Discovery Network.  Initially they are focused on filming in the UK, so Frosties in other parts of the globe can hope they’ll expand the program internationally. The show is exploring a variety of health conditions in an effort to […]

Photo Faves from Twitter

We just had to share these fun photos from fellow Frosties on Twitter.  Aren’t they great? Can you identify with this pup on a cold winter’s day?    How’s this for a warm-up strategy! Got some other great photos you’d like to share with fellow Frosties?  Please send them to us at lynn@raynauds.org, post them in […]

HotHands® and Grabber® Warmers

Looking for a warm solution to tingly or painful hands and toes? HotHands® and Grabber® Warmers give continuous heat to hands, toes and your entire body! Just open the package and expose warmers to the oxygen in the air for hours of warmth whenever you want it. Several of HotHands® and Grabber® products are small […]

Discovery of Raynaud’s Web Site Brings Some Relief to Farming Frostie

We often hear from fellow sufferers who share their stories with us.  This one is from Jacki in Virginia, and we could truly empathize with the issues she faced dealing with Raynaud’s symptoms while working on the farm! “In the winter of 2011-12, we had a bout of strong winds and temperatures in the 20’s that lasted […]

Hot Products for February 2014

Our Hot Products this month include a couple of our new Associate Sponsors, so we hope you’ll check them out: Silver Travel Socks - The 12% silver fabric composition of these socks offers a great solution for Raynaud’s sufferers.  Silver is highly conductive and the silver content helps to reflect body heat and regulate temperature.  So […]

Could This be the New Raynaud’s Mascot?

When we found this photo and saw this creature’s blue feet, we thought “Poor little guy may have Raynaud’s!” This is a Blue-footed Booby, a large seabird found around  the warm coastal waters of the eastern Pacific distinguished by their bright blue feet. Males have brighter blue feet than the females, and the color plays an important role in courting […]