Raynaud’s phenomenon is reduced blood flow in response to the cold (or stress) which causes discoloration of the extremities such as fingers and toes.
After some researching on the subject, I figured out that I had this a few years ago and after a few years of having the circulation cut from my fingers, I’ve developed quite a few tips for dealing with it;
• Cut out the caffeine – I’ve always found that hot drinks help, since you’re holding onto something warm. Just try to avoid drinks with a high caffeine content. I don’t really follow this guideline, but I have cut back a lot. I don’t drink energy drinks anymore and I get decaffeinated tea bags. Since doing this, I’ve found that my hands don’t go numb as quickly and that decaf tea actually tastes better than the regular stuff.
• Always have a pair of gloves in your bag– During the winter, I wear a pair of close fitting gloves and then have a bigger thermal pair in my bag just in case the weathers bad. I’d recommend having a pair in your bag all year round, just in case.I’m pretty forgetful so I own countless amounts of gloves so that I have a pair permanently in each bag.
• Invest in hand warmers– This one requires trial and error. I found that for the 30 minute walk to my classes, one pair of hand warmers would work, but I’d also need to keep a pair in my bag to use on the way home.Make sure you get ones that fit underneath your gloves, a lot of them are way to big to allow you to wear gloves over them. I have these ones, and I’ve found that they work great;
If anyone has Raynaud’s Phenomenon, have these tricks worked for you? Let me know if there are any other tips that you guys have used.