5 symptoms to look out for if you have cold hands or cold fingers

Date: Wed 12th July 2017

Do you get cold hands or cold fingers?

Do your hands ever look like these photos, with blue skin, white skin, blue fingers or blue hands, white fingers or white hands?

Do you ever get colour change in the fingers as a result of temperature or stress?

Do you get numb fingers, tingling, painful fingers or pain in the hands?

Stinging fingers or throbbing pain in fingers upon warming up or stress relief?

Raynaud's is a common condition affecting around 1 in 6 people. In people who have Raynaud's, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature or stress. This causes a Raynaud's attack where the fingers change colour typically white, blue, or red. Raynaud's symptoms generally affect the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be involved, including the ears, nose, lips, tongue and nipples.

The majority of people with Raynaud's symptoms have “Primary Raynaud's phenomenon” which can be intrusive but should not cause any lasting damage to the fingers. Primary Raynaud's often starts during adolescence. A minority of people experiencing Raynaud's have an underlying health condition causing these symptoms. We use the term “Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon” when this is the case. This can be more serious and we have tests available to help identify people who might have secondary Raynaud's.

If you answered yes to any of the above you could have Raynaud's. A Raynaud's attack can be a very uncomfortable, possibly painful, process. It can also make everyday tasks, like buttoning a jacket or unzipping a purse, very difficult.

What is Raynaud's