Have you ever been so cold your hands and feet hurt? Or even go numb? Do you dread winter more than anyone you know and rejoice when it comes to an end? You’re not alone – you may be experiencing Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition affecting more than one million Australians.
Raynaud’s phenomenon (or Raynaud syndrome) occurs when the blood flow to the extremities (fingers and toes) becomes restricted, causing discomfort, numbness or tingling. In addition, the affected area will change colour, turning white or blue during an attack, then red when blood flow returns, then finally back to its usual colour.
It’s most often triggered by cold weather, sudden changes in temperature or emotionally stressful situations.