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You’re a star. Thank you so much for the information. by L. W. (UK)
Absolutely great to have a place to chat and learn about this difficult to manage hidden illness. Love the competitions, love the reviews & great to have so many links to Raynaud’s products! by L.A. (Facebook Fan)
I’ve just found this page with great relief. by J.A. (UK)
No one understands me, that’s why I’m glad I found you all. by D.D. (Facebook Fan)
I am happy to finally come across a site like this…I really hope to learn more about this through other fellow members…and to try to help them with my experience. by H.R. (NY)
Thanks so much for the web site and the information…I was feeling quite alone but your web site made me feel much better about what I can do to control my symptoms. by A.A. (Ontario)
Hi, I just joined today and I’m so happy to find this site. Only other sufferers can truly understand Raynauds. by Raynaud’s Forum Member
Great video – I’ve recently been diagnosed…mine is secondary to another autoimmune disorder. Raynaud’s is what sent me to the doctor. Thanks for this clear explanation! by M. F. (Facebook Fan)
Thank you for doing the work you do and for providing the info you provide. by J.M. (AZ)
Thank GOODNESS. In my years of perusing the web, I just found this group. by Forum Member
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 worked with our partners at HotHands to create two infographics on Raynaud’s Myths. Here’s Part 2. Click here to view Part 1.
We worked with our partners at HotHands to create two infographics on Raynaud’s Myths. Here’s Part 1. Click here to view Part 2.
By Joe Fleming President ViveHealth.com Managing Raynaud’s Phenomenon and preventing attacks always seems to be about what you put on the outside of your body, right? Gloves, scarves, socks, hats . . . the list goes on. As the weather cools off and the crisp Autumn winds roll in, however, colder temperatures might suggest thinking […]
We found an editorial in the Valley Bugler, a newspaper published in Reton, Washington. The publisher/editor is a Frostie, her mother was a Frostie, and the editorial is about the advent of Fall and the coming winter months that bring on chills, something we all lament! It’s great seeing local papers build awareness of Raynaud’s, […]
Thanks to all of our members, fans and followers who posted positive reviews on the Great Nonprofits web site, we made the list of Top Rated Nonprofit Organizations again for 2017! Here’s what the award is all about: The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards is a people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served cast their vote […]
Here’s the Times Square photo that accompanied our Raynaud’s Awareness Month press release.
Ever find yourself freezing in an airport and wish you’d brought something warmer to snuggle up in on the plane? Or realized you forgot to pack your warm jacket on a trip headed north? No problem – just look for the Uniglo vending machine! Uniglo is stocking airport vending machines in limited markets with basic, […]