This rare disease could be the cause of your constant cold fingers

Do you find yourself always having to rub your hands together attempting to warm them up even when it's not that cold outside? Or perhaps you experience a painfully freezing sensation in your toes every now and then? Well, these might be signs that you are suffering from this rare disease.

As winter is fast approaching and temperatures are dropping, you might be thinking of investing in a cute new pair of gloves and thick thermal socks to keep those extremities warm. But, what if you constantly experience this cold sensation even when you're indoors or when it's not cold enough to justify this numbing feeling? You could potentially be afflicted by Raynaud's disease.

Dr. Clare Morrison, GP and consultant at MedExpress explains that:

Raynaud's disease is caused by spasms of the arteries supplying blood to the fingers and/or toes. This tends to happen when the surroundings are cold, but it can sometimes be triggered by stress.

What to avoid if you're concerned you might be suffering from this disease?

Although researches have yet to find a direct cause, more women suffer from this disease than men do and it has also been shown to be hereditary and linked to other diseases such as scleroderma. Smoking and caffeine should she avoided and taking estrogen pills, beta blockers and working with heavy-duty vibrating power tools can worsen the condition.

What can help alleviate symptoms of Raynaud's disease?

Occasionally, the condition may affect the ears, nose, lips and even nipples. There may also be pain, numbness, pins and needles, and difficulty moving the affected areas. The process can last minutes or hours.

Unfortunately, as of yet, no cure has been found to directly treat the disease but there are certain things you can do to manage these symptoms. For one, try looking into gloves and socks that are specifically designed for Raynaud's disease. Heat pads hot water bottles or even doctor-prescribed calcium channel blockers can also come in handy.

Lastly, be mindful of your circulation when you find yourself in more chilly environments. Layer up and be prepared if you do have to brave colder climates.

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