We’ve received several inquiries about Raynaud’s and nail care over the years, specifically how it may affect fingernail growth and health. So we were happy to hear that Scratch Magazine – the leading magazine in the UK for nail professionals – was composing an article on nail care and Raynaud’s.
The article has three sections:
- Overview of Raynaud’s – with very basic tips on treating the nails of sufferers
- Interview with the Raynaud’s Association – covering key issues to avoid and ingredients to consider
- Section titled Special Cosmetic Care – with more details for nail technicians on the nail care experience
A couple of comments and suggestions when reading this material:
First, I don’t consider myself an expert on nail care for Raynaud’s sufferers. I was hoping the article would provide that expertise on the subject, but found my interview being published labeling me as “the expert.” The nail expert Alex Fox, publisher of Scratch Magazine, wrote the overview on Raynaud’s. Somehow these roles appear reversed! But she does a nice job of summarizing Raynaud’s and took some cues from us on key ingredients that can be beneficial that are found in some creams we’ve tested (ProNeema and Nutrasal).
Second, we take issue with several comments in the third section on cosmetic care. The author Vitaly Solomonoff appears to have some connection to nail publications and academies, and is likely an expert on those subjects, but I question his knowledge of Raynaud’s:
- It is not often associated with migraines, arthritis or collagen diseases (assumes he means scleroderma). A more serious autoimmune disease will coincide with Raynaud’s in less than 10% of sufferers.
- Vibrations associated with massages and foot baths are not an issue for the large majority of Raynaud’s sufferers. He’s focused on one potential cause of Raynaud’s which is repeated pressure to the digits experienced by people in certain occupations, such as dentists, stenographers and construction workers. This form of Raynaud’s is called Vibration White Finger. The pressure used in the average foot bath or hand massage isn’t at risk of being a trigger for Raynaud’s attacks. In fact, the relaxation experience associated with this part of a manicure or pedicure will likely help a sufferer reduce their stress levels, which is a positive consideration.
- Hyperhidrosis (a medical condition involving excessive sweating, misspelled in the article) is not a frequent companion to Raynaud’s Syndrome. While it is possible that a Raynaud’s patient can suffer from both conditions, it’s definitely not common. In fact, most Frosties would like to be in situation where they suffer from excessive sweating! Mr. Solomonoff does, however, mention an option of a “hot sand massage” that sounds heavenly!
The above considerations aside, we hope you find some good suggestions in the attached article: Scratch Magazine – Helping Hands