Do you always suffer with cold hands and feet?
Do they go blue, white or bright red? You could be suffering from Raynaud’s Phenomenon.
What is that I hear you ask? Well doctors don’t really understand exactly what causes it hence the phenomenon bit. We know it’s linked with colder temperatures, changes in temperatures and stress. Any of these factors can cause the blood vessels to over react and go into spasm shutting them down and limiting the blood flow to that area.
So, what can be done?
- Layer up with thick socks and gloves
- Try hand warming products or cream such as Gehwol Warming balm
- Quit smoking – smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict which reduces blood flow
- Exercise regularly to increase circulation
- Reduce stress levels
- Avoid temperature changes
- If you get any breaks in the skin or start of chilblains keep area covered, monitor and seek help from a podiatrist if no improvement.
LouiseDirector of West Berkshire Foot Clinic