How long can I stay outdoors with white toes??

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    Hi all, good to find a site like this. Support to Raynaud’s is difficult to find.

    I came along to this site to ask a question on: I can clearly tell when my toes go white even when my shoes are on. Sometimes it is very difficult to immediately get to a warm place.

    My question is: How long can I still stay in the cold after the ‘attack’ without causing damage to my toes?

    Or should I immediately run indoors?

    Thanks a million for your support, this has been bothering me a while already – not really knowing how severe this thing is & how should I react.

    Thank You,




    Welcome to the forum, Mini.

    The ideal is to prevent an attack, not prolong one, but sometimes we aren’t in a position to get to a warm place soon. There are medications called calcium channel blockers that help to keep the blood vessels open (dilated) and prevent, or, lessen the severity of an attack. If you haven’t done so already, maybe consult with your doctor about trying these.

    There is no time frame on the amount of cold exposure one can experience before tissue damage sets in. Basically during an attack, your vessels constrict, the tissue is deprived of blood and oxygen and damage can occur. I wouldn’t suggest putting this to a test.

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