I find your info invaluable. In fact I’m seeing my doc tomorrow based on the details you provided… by M. U. (Facebook Fan)
…It is so frustrating as I am so active in the outdoors. It limits most outdoor activities that are below 65 degrees…Thanks for your website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by S.H. (WI)
Thank you, Raynaud’s Association…I am glad that I’m not alone! by I.C. (Facebook Fan)
I stumbled across this website because I have a research paper I am doing on Raynaud’s…and seemed to have found a place to call my own! by E.P. (UK)
Hi, I am so happy to have found your organization…Enclosed is a donation…Please add me to your membership list. I have had extreme cold fingers for years and years. by M. J. L. (OH)
I am so happy I found this page. Having recently been diagnosed with RP, I’m trying to adjust to it and make sense of it all. by A. S. (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)
Thanks for always being there for me! by J.K. (PA)
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)
You guys are great! by J.W. (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 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…
This little hand warmer packs in a lot of heat! We were a bit skeptical at first, because the metal exterior is initially cold to the touch. But once you flip the switch, you almost instantly feel it working. Warmth is generated on each side of the unit, so both the palm and fingers stay […]
We’re working to build awareness for Raynaud’s. As part of the effort, we’ve just published a new video to educate sufferers that their pain and discomfort have a medical explanation, and encourages them to speak with their doctor and seek treatment. The video features our guide: The Cold Facts on Raynaud’s (and strategies for a warmer […]
Love UGGs? We do, too! And Because the UGG brand is synonymous with warmth and comfort to many Raynaud’s sufferers, we’d like for UGG to become a Corporate Sponsor and support the Raynaud’s community – but we need your help! We sent a letter to the company president, and received no response. We wanted to send a […]
For Raynaud’s sufferers seeking the warmth of heated mittens, without the gizmos and recharging required with battery-heated solutions, Heat X-change Technology has created HXT, a microwaveable mitten. Microwave this mitten for 40 seconds and you’ll have warm hands for up to 3 hours! The secret sauce to these mittens is the combination of the thermal […]
The Raynaud’s Association gets asked this question over and over again: “What are the best gloves for people with Raynaud’s?” As much as we’d like to say we’ve found the perfect solution, there is no one perfect glove or mitten for Raynaud’s sufferers. If only it was that simple! But no one glove will work […]
Touchscreen-friendly gloves serve an important role for Raynaud’s sufferers, since exposing our frosted paws outside to send or receive messages can result in painful attacks. We wanted to find a good solution for fellow Frosties and found one in Glider Gloves. My first reaction to the gloves was – a bit thick for a liner, […]
The support for making this cute Blue-footed Booby the new “spokesbird” for the Raynaud’s Association has been incredible! Here’s our original post where we shared our discovery of this adorable creature with blue feet. We’ve read that their deep blue color plays an important role in the mating game (video) for this breed in attracting […]
A woman grew up cold much of the time as a child. She didn’t understand why she couldn’t wear the strappy little dresses or cute sandals worn by her friends without being in pain. As she grew into her mid-thirties, suddenly the pain in her feet on cold days was unbearable. She would go barefoot […]