For scleroderma patients, Raynaud’s phenomenon symptoms are much more apparent in the winter when the brutal cold takes its toll. However, there are ways to manage the condition that can help sufferers quickly recover from a flare and get the circulation flowing again.
We’ve put together a list of six tips to help manage Raynaud’s phenomenon flares based on information from the Sjogren Syndrome Foundation.
1. Warm Water
When you come in from the cold, one of the quickest ways to bring your hands (and feet) back to their normal state is to run them under some lukewarm water or soak them in warm water until the color comes back.
2. Quit Smoking
Smoking restricts blood vessels (among many other things) so it’ll compound your Raynaud’s phenomenon symptoms.
The change between hot and cold temperatures will wreak havoc on your skin and dry it out quite quickly. Invest in some quality hand cream and apply frequently throughout the day. A foot cream can be liberally applied to the feet first thing in the morning and before bed.
4. Increase Blood Circulation
When you start to feel the temperature dropping in your hands and feet, wriggle your fingers and toes, stamp your feet, or put your hands somewhere on your body to warm them up, like in your back pockets or under your armpits.
5. Bundle Up
Extra socks, warm boots, fleecy gloves, and heated hand warmers are good ways to stop the cold from penetrating and will help ward off Raynaud’s flares. Ask other people to take things out of the freezer for you, or wear gloves when doing so.
6. Review Your Medication
Certain medications such as beta-blockers can make the symptoms of Raynaud’s worse and there are medications that your doctor can prescribe to help ease the symptoms such as calcium channel blockers.
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