Raynaud's Awareness Month, observed throughout the month of February, aims to raise awareness about Raynaud's phenomenon, a condition that affects blood circulation in extremities such as fingers and toes.
Raynaud's is a common condition that affects up to 10 million people in the UK.
The main triggers of a Raynaud's attack are exposure to the cold and emotional stress. it occurs more commonly in women, and often presents before the age of 30.
When we are exposed to the cold, a normal response of the body is for the blood vessels, such as those in the fingers and toes, to become narrower. When someone has Raynaud's, the narrowing of the blood vessels is more extreme, resulting in the skin changing colour. The fingers and toes may change from white to blue, and then to red. A Raynaud's attack can be very painful, especially as the circulation returns. Raynaud's can also affect the lips, nose, ears and nipples in the same way.
Most people diagnosed with the condition will have primary Raynaud's, meaning that there are no other complications. Secondary Raynaud's is far less common, and is caused by another autoimmune condition, such as scleroderma. It is often the first sign that people notice. Someone who has secondary Raynaud's may be prone to more serious complications as a result of Raynaud's attacks, such as finger ulcers.
What is Raynaud's Awareness Month?
Raynaud's Awareness Month is an annual campaign designed to shed light on Raynaud's phenomenon, a vascular disorder that leads to reduced blood flow to the extremities in response to cold temperatures or stress. During this month, various organisations, healthcare professionals, and individuals work together to provide information, support and resources for people affected by this condition.
How to Get Involved in Raynaud's Awareness Month.
- Spread Awareness
- Support Raynaud's Organisations
- Provide Comfort
- Share stories
History of Raynaud's Awareness Month.
Raising awareness about Raynaud’s phenomenon has become increasingly important as more people are diagnosed with the condition. While the specific origins of Raynaud’s Awareness Month are not widely documented, its mission is clear: to improve the lives of individuals affected by Raynaud’s through education, support, and research.
Do your fingers often become,
• Change colour?
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