Watch out for Raynaud’s Disease

Raynaud’s disease or phenomenon is caused by a vasospasm, where people get a decreased blood flow to the tips of the fingers or the toes.  You may have swelling, itching, discoloration, redness, or pain.  Women are more susceptible to this condition.  About 5 percent of Americans have Raynaud’s disease and 40 percent of this group has their toes affected.  Cold temperatures or stress can trigger the disease causing the skin to turn white or blue.  In severe cases it can develop into skin sores or gangrene from continuous attacks.[1]

Improve your circulation by exercising. It’s important that you wear the right shoes and insulated socks to protect yourself from the cold.  You can also use heat packs behind your knees to improve circulation to your toes.

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