Raynaud’s syndrome (pronounced ray-NOHZ syndrome) is a condition that is most commonly known for the way that it causes parts of your body to become cold. The most commonly affected areas are the fingers and toes, but the syndrome can move on to other areas of the body. Some people also report that their fingers become numb.
Both the numbness and the coldness can be a response to external factors such as the temperature or high levels of stress. This is because some of the arteries that bring blood to the skin become thinner as a result of the condition, which negatively influences blood flow in these areas. This aspect of the condition is known as a vasoconstriction. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men are, and it’s more likely to affect people who live in colder areas than it is for those in warmer areas.
The condition can be treated in different ways, depending on how serious it is and what other health problems you are currently struggling with. Fortunately, the condition isn’t usually debilitating; however, it can have an adverse impact on the quality of your life. For example, people with Raynaud’s are likely to be much more hesitant to go out into cold weather. If you have a family history of Raynaud’s or have had the condition in the past, you are more likely to develop it again and should immediately seek treatment if you start experiencing symptoms again. If you experience sores or infections in one of the affected areas, you should also immediately seek treatment.
Symptom #1: Cold Fingers
One of the first and most prominent symptoms that people with Raynaud’s experience is cold fingers. The condition causes the arteries that bring blood to the extremities to tighten up, and this can lead to an extreme sensation of cold in the fingers. The cold is generally more intense when it’s actually cold outside or when you’re experiencing high levels of stress.
Aside from treatment, one of the best ways to manage your cold fingers are to layer up. Make sure you have a nice pair of gloves, and don’t worry if people think you’re strange for wearing gloves during the warmer months. If you feel the need to, do it!