Raynaud's disease

Raynaud's disease (Ray-nose) is where the small blood vessels in the extremities such as hands and feet, fingers or toes are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress. This causes a Raynaud's attack where the fingers sometimes change colour, but not always, from white, to blue, to red. Raynaud's phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK and can impact your life.

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. Raynaud's symptoms generally affect the fingers and toes, but all extremities can be involved, including the hands, feet, ears, nose, lips, tongue and nipples.

Raynaud's symptoms are:

  • a colour change in the extremities such as hands or feet
  • cold extremities and numbness
  • tingling or pain
Raynaud's disease
What is Raynaud's?

How serious is Raynaud's?

There are two different types of Raynaud's, Primary and Secondary. Primary is usually the less serious of the two types as the condition is mild and manageable whilst people experiencing secondary Raynaud's will usually have more severe symptoms. Find out about the causes of Raynaud's

Primary Raynaud's

This is usually mild and manageable and there are ways to help manage the symptoms. People with primary Raynaud's symptoms have no other complications, and only occasionally go on to develop a related problem. People with Primary Raynaud's should book an appointment with their GP if they are worried about symptoms or it impacts their life through pain, or if they have any other symptoms, or an other health condition.


Secondary Raynaud's

This is where Raynaud's is caused by another condition, usually an autoimmune condition like scleroderma or lupus. Secondary Raynaud's needs more investigation and more careful monitoring for complications like ulceration or sores. People who have noticed a change in their symptoms, are worried about their symptoms, if they have any other symptoms, or an other health condition should book an appointment with their GP promptly ask ask about Raynaud's diagnosis.


If you have any of the symptoms listed, it could be Raynaud's.

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