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Raynaud's

Raynaud's affects your circulation. It causes some areas of your body, like your fingers and toes, to change colour when you're cold or stressed.

If you have Raynaud's, your fingers or toes may turn white or blue when you're cold, anxious or stressed.

You can help Raynaud’s by keeping warm during cold weather and finding ways to relax. Some people need medicine to help improve their circulation.

Read more on the NHS website.

If you have Raynaud's, your fingers or toes may turn white or blue when you're cold, anxious or stressed.

Check if it's Raynaud's

Raynaud's affects your blood circulation. When you're cold, anxious or stressed, your fingers and toes may change colour.

Other symptoms can include:

White fingers caused by Raynaud'sThe skin turns white as blood flow is restricted.

Blue fingers caused by Raynaud'sSometimes the skin turns blue as blood vessels react.

Red fingers caused by Raynaud'sThe skin turns red as blood flow returns.

Some people also find their ears, nose, lips or nipples are affected.

The symptoms of Raynaud's may last from a few minutes to a few hours.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can help Raynaud’s by keeping warm during cold weather and finding ways to relax. Some people need medicine to help improve their circulation.

Self-care


Do

  • keep your home warm
  • wear warm clothes during cold weather – especially on your hands and feet
  • exercise regularly – this helps improve circulation
  • try breathing exercises or yoga to help you relax
  • eat a healthy, balanced diet

Don't

  • do not smoke – improve your circulation by stopping smoking
  • do not drink too much tea, coffee or cola – caffeine and other stimulants can stop you relaxing

Medical treatments

If your symptoms are very bad or getting worse, a GP may prescribe a medicine called nifedipine to help improve your circulation.

Some people need to take nifedipine every day. Others only use it to prevent Raynaud's – for example, during cold weather.

Sometimes a GP will examine you and suggest a blood test. In rare cases, Raynaud's could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.

Read more on the NHS website.