Editor’s note: Herbal remedies and wellness techniques are not clinically proven to successfully alleviate Raynaud’s symptoms. Please speak with your doctor before trying any herbal treatment strategies, as they can interact with medications.
I had no idea there was a name for what I’d been experiencing…found the Raynaud’s Association. THERE I found useful information & was connected with a network of support. I’ve learned so much & am so grateful to have this resource. by S. F. (Facebook Fan)
I am thankful to have the Raynaud’s Association as a very important source of information, without you guys many of us would never know of the useful tips and information you share! by J. W. (Canada)
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I just found this community today and am excited to find many others like myself. by S.B. (OK)
I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s in 2013. This website is very much appreciated. My doctor couldn’t really give me any tips on daily living, so your blog is invaluable. by Anonymous
Just learned I have Raynaud’s…Glad to have found this org! by N.H. (Canada)
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I have enjoyed belonging to the group (the Forum) and participating in it. Thanks for a wonderful site. by L.D. (GA)
Both my mother and I have Raynaud’s and we LOVE your newsletters! by M.W. (WA)
I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone…but it sure feels good to know you can share experiences with someone who TRULY knows your pain. by M.H. (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 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 came across an article in the New York Times titled Why Fidgeting Is Good Medicine, and found it may have some useful information to help Raynaud’s sufferers who sit for hours at their desks each day. The article explores the health consequences of sitting, and quotes studies that indicate that uninterrupted sitting can result […]
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. Heated Animal Ear Muffs – We first discovered these adorable ear muffs in a TJ Maxx store in Florida (yes, Florida!) and thought they were so cute, we searched for them on the […]
We recently posted a request for Raynaud’s sufferers to Share Some Warmth This Valentine’s Day and to help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary by sharing some warm support for our cause. We’d like to return the love, so for each Frostie who donates and/or helps generate donations from others, we’re placing a Valentine Heart on this page in their honor. Please […]
Jolene (Canada) told us about the YETI Colster, a stainless steel can and bottle cooler. She says “It’s the best item for keeping drinks cold and fingers warm. This awesome product has been my best pal this summer, and although a little pricey, well worth the money.” The manufacturer says its double wall insulation “means you […]
This year marks the 25th year of service for the Raynaud’s Association. It was 25 years ago that we launched as a local self-help organization with a meeting of three Raynaud’s sufferers in our founder’s living room, sharing stories, product tips and just enjoying the feeling that we weren’t alone in this cold, cold world! This past […]
Our Sponsor at Snug Toes is giving away two pairs of their microwaveable slippers. To be one of the two lucky Frosties to receive these toasty slippers, here’s what you need to do: Read our Product Review on Snug Toes and learn about their specific features and how they can provide warmth and comfort from the cold for Raynaud’s sufferers. Think about all […]
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™. […]