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Raynaud's phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK.
In people who have Raynaud's, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature. This causes a Raynaud's attack where the fingers sometimes change colour, but not always, from white, to blue, to red.
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 ears, nose and nipples.
There are two forms of Raynaud's phenomenon: