Thank you for maintaining this organization and for the newsletters. by M.L. (KS)
I would like to send a BIG thank you to all those involved…It is so nice to have someplace to turn to with those who understand a connection with others experiencing the same problems! by M.M. (AR)
I am glad I found this site, and you, and now I have some hope and at least I can talk to people that have this…OMG! Thanks so much you’re a lifesaver… by S.F. (Facebook Fan)
Stressing so ready to get diagnosed and onto treatment. Thanks for this site! by A.T. (Facebook Fan)
I really appreciate your web site and information you give to us. I’ve learned more about the disease from you than from my doctors. Thanks and God bless. by M-J F (IL)
I’m happy to find a group that understands this disorder and is supporting it. Thanks! by L.K. (KY)
I just wanted to thank you for this newsletter. It helps me to know I am not the only one suffering with this bizarre illness. Keep up the great job. by D.Y. (NJ)
I’m thrilled I found your website – glad to know there are others just like me out there dealing with ‘cold’ fingers. Can’t wait to be included on your mailing list and newsletter. Thanks! by S.S. (PA)
Sad to see so many suffer from this, and yet, comforting to have an outlet to talk. by L.D. (Facebook Fan)
I’m glad I found this on facebook, at least I could get some info here… by S.F. (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…
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 email@example.com, post them in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]