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Beat the Cold and Keep Warm!

It’s that time of year again! The weather is transitioning from the warmer summer temperatures into the colder fall and winter temperatures. This weather change tends to affect people with Raynaud phenomenon more acutely, as this can be a time of increased Raynaud flare-ups. Here are some tips on how to manage your Raynaud’s and a few products that are available to help as well!

Helpful tips to prevent an attack:

  • Avoid exposure to cold whenever possible
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing on feet or hands
  • Caffeine and nicotine cause vasoconstriction, so limit or avoid these substances
  • Avoid prolonged vibration to hands and feet, as that can cause constriction of blood vessels.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing in layers
  • Keep stress under control
  • Exercise – helps to increase circulation
  • Acupuncture – helps to increase blood flow

If an attack occurs, a few simple strategies to increase circulation:

  • Remove yourself from the cold environment as soon as possible
  • Make wide circles with your arms
  • Lightly massage hands and feet
  • Wriggle fingers and toes
  • Place hands in armpits or under warm running water to gradually warm them up

Tips from http://www.emedicinehealth.com and http://www.mayoclinic.org

Some suggested products to help battle the cold:

CoseSoles microwaveable slippers

Wristies

HotSnapZ Reusable Handwarmer Packets

FootHuggers

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