We discovered the Georgie XOXO blog on Twitter. Written by a fellow Frostie who sounds like a real Renaissance woman, her blog includes several posts and product reviews that offer useful information and tips to those living with Raynaud’s, including this one titled My 10 Top Tips for Managing Raynaud’s Disease.
Many of the tips are general ones offered by other articles and experts on the subject, however we admire her easy-to-read, informational approach to sharing what works for her. These tips include:
- Wear multiple layers and hats
- Use hand warmers
- Wear gloves when touching frozen and cold foods
- Avoid ice in drinks
- Reduce stress
- Exercise to increase blood flow
- Don’t smoke
Some additional tips offered some new information worth sharing:
Keeping Hands and Feet Warm and Dry – Georgie is prone to Raynaud’s attacks when her hands and feet are damp and wet, not a textbook trigger for sufferers, but can be an issue. It’s also related to those of us who find damp, humid days – even when it’s warmer out – difficult to tolerate. So when on the road, she carries a tenugui in her handbag. A tenugui is a thin Japanese hand towel made from cotton (hers is flannel). It comes in handy in public bathrooms when the alternative is hand dryers, as she finds these cause attacks (likely from the dramatic temperature change). When we researched tenuguis online, we found they are also used as fashion accents, as most contain colorful patterns. Some are worn around the neck, used as head covers or just wrapped around a carry bag. Interesting to learn!
Eating an Anti-Inflammatory Diet – This is not something we’re aware of as a coping strategy for reducing Raynaud’s symptoms. While some foods may weaken the immune system and lead to inflammation, we’re not aware that they can make Raynaud’s symptoms worse. As the author also suffers from additional medical issues (including scleroderma), it’s possible her reactions are interrelated. However, she does reference certain foods and ingredients known to help generate warmth in the body, including ginger, garlic and spicy foods (check out our post on Raynaud’s and Warming Foods and Nutrition’s Effect on Raynaud’s Disease).
Watch Indoor and Sudden Changes in Temperature – This is a major trigger for attacks that medical experts don’t often warn us about. It’s not just about being exposed to cold temperatures; an attack can be triggered by any dramatic change in temperature, even going from a cold retail store or chilly swimming pool into a well-heated room or into the hot, humid outdoors. For this reason, baths and showers, swimming and even supermarkets can be challenging for people living with Raynaud’s. Georgie shares some of her tips for dealing with these situations, but it basically comes down to being prepared to protect and wrap yourself in warmth as early as possible when going through a temperature transition. (More info is available in our post on Swimming Tips for People with Raynaud’s.)
The Georgie XOXO blog also includes several other articles with information and tips for fellow Frosties in this section devoted to Raynaud’s: https://www.georgiexoxo.com/category/raynauds-disease/. For more on her 10 Tips here’s the full post: My 10 Top Tips for Managing Raynaud’s Disease.