Raynaud’s Awareness Month: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments
February marks the return of Raynaud’s Awareness Month in the UK.
Raynaud’s is a common condition that is believed to affect up to 10 million people in the UK alone. It is a condition that causes a person’s arteries and blood vessels to become narrower, therefore restricting blood flow to the fingers and toes. The result of this condition can be skin colour changes as well as extreme pain (1).
Time to read: 5 minutes
- The causes of Raynaud's & How to test for it
- Avoiding or minimising a Raynaud's attack
- Overview of treatments for Raynaud's
- KYMIRA® Infrared's beneficial effects
Raynaud's can be caused by various factors, such as stress and emotional changes. Luckily, there are several ways to treat the sydrome and minimise its intensity.
What causes Raynaud’s?
Although the full cause of Raynaud’s is unknown, there are some factors that we know of that causes a Raynaud’s attack. These are temperature changes, stress and emotional changes, hormone changes or the use of vibrating tools (2).
How can I test for Raynaud’s?
If you feel like you may have Raynaud’s, book an appointment with your GP.
Whilst there is no known test for Raynaud’s, your GP will be able to test your symptoms and rule out other conditions to diagnose you.
To test your symptoms your GP may ask you to perform a water test (where you place your hands under cold water) and see if you exhibit any symptoms of Raynaud’s.
Thereafter you may then be asked to have a blood test to check for other health conditions that may be causing your symptoms (3).
What if I am diagnosed with Raynaud’s?
Raynaud’s is a non-contagious condition, so you will not need to worry about infecting someone else, however there are several measures that you can implement that can help you to avoid and minimise a Raynaud’s attack (4).
- Limiting or avoiding the usage of vibrating tools
- Keep your temperature regulated throughout the year
- Try to avoid stress as best you can
- Avoid vasoconstricting drugs
- Move regularly
- Stop smoking
What treatments are available for Raynaud’s?
There are also several different treatment options that can help you manage Raynaud’s. These include:
- Prescribed medications that can boost circulation can be prescribed by your GP for worsening conditions.
- Nerve surgery. In extreme cases, Doctors may perform small incisions in the affected areas to strip the nerves around the blood vessels, which can lead to fewer and less exaggerated attacks.
- Chemical injections. These can provide short term relief of symptoms; however, these may need to be repeated over time (5).
- Complementary and alternative therapies. This includes omega-3 fatty acids - which can reduce symptoms of Raynaud's, evening primrose oil (EPO) - which can stop the body from making chemicals that narrows the blood vessels and magnesium – which can help to open up the blood vessels (6).
- KYMIRA® Infrared clothing...
How can KYMIRA® Infrared help with Raynaud’s?
KYMIRA® products have been manufactured with a select formulation of minerals to produce the most effective infrared clothing on the market to date. The minerals within our fabrics, absorbs wasted energy given off by the wearer, converting it into a beneficial spectrum of infrared light before radiating it back. Our fabrics are medical grade, with our products featuring Celliant® designated medical devices by the FDA.
The infrared rays offer these beneficial effects:
- Increased nitric dioxide acts as a vasodilator, opening blood vessels and increasing blood circulation to all places covered in KYMIRA®, or within a 4cm radius
- Our infrared fabrics are scientifically proven to be up to 63% warmer than standard fabrics but offer thermoregulation, keeping you the ideal temperature
- Users benefit from reduced pain through its mild and natural analgesic effects
- Users benefit from quicker removal of waste products that lead to inflammation