A recent article in the Independent Mail on stress and Raynaud’s made some good suggestions regarding the importance of taking care of your skin for Raynaud’s sufferers:
- Use creams to keep your hands soft.
- Wear gloves when using detergent or harsh chemicals.
- Be careful not to injure your skin in affected areas. Even minor cuts and scrapes will take longer to heal when you have Raynaud’s disease.
This last point is particularly important for patients with more severe Raynaud’s cases that are prone to developing painful skin ulcers. If ulcers become infected or don’t heal properly the extreme outcome is gangrene and loss of a digit. While these cases are rare, it pays to take precautions.