Icy fingers and toes after kiting? You may have Raynaud’s disease!

Did you ever come off the water and noticed your fingers and toes have turned ghostly blue-white? You may have Raynaud’s disease, a circulatory disorder that limits blood supply and makes the affected areas – mostly fingers and toes – feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures. I have had the disease for at least 10 years but for a long time I didn’t even know it was a disease. I mean, would you go to the doctor because your fingers get icy when it’s cold? Ok, it looked a little freaky but c’mon. If it wasn’t for my mom, I still wouldn’t know. She just developed the disorder and found out that this phenomenon is called Raynaud disease.

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I’m not a big fan of pharmaceuticals like alpha blockers, calcium channel blockers  etc and for sure I wouldn’t do nerve surgery. I very much prefer alternative medicine. So here are some supplements that might help:

  • Fish oil. Your tolerance to cold might get better and by taking fish oil supplements you might be able to delay the narrowing of your blood vessels.
  • Ginkgo. Might help reduce Raynaud’s attacks.
  • Acupuncture. Acupuncture can improve the blood flow.

Some DO’s and DON’Ts for Raynaud people like me:

  • Don’t smoke! Smoking causes your skin temperature to drop and blood vessels to constrict.
  • Exercise! Exercising increases blood circulation – exactly what you need!
  • Control stress! Stress can lead to a Raynaud’s attack.
  • Avoid fast changing temperatures!

The most important thing is to stay warm. When you happen to have an attack it’s important to immediately warm up your fingers and toes to avoid tissue damage or loss of tissue. This can be done by massaging and wiggling your fingers and toes, making wide circles with your arms (windmills) or placing your hands under your armpits.

To prevent Raynaud’s attacks, the best advice I found in the internet is the following:

  • Consider relocating and move to a warmer climate!

 

Well, I guess by moving from Germany to Venezuela I did exactly that. As if I knew I had Raynaud disease LOL. Listen to your body, people 😉

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Did you ever come off the water and noticed your fingers and toes have turned ghostly blue-white? You may have Raynaud’s disease, a circulatory disorder that limits blood supply and makes the affected areas – mostly fingers and toes – feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures. I have had the disease for at least 10 years but for a long time I didn’t even know it was a disease. I mean, would you go to the doctor because your fingers get icy when it’s cold? Ok, it looked a little freaky but c’mon. If it wasn’t for my mom, I still wouldn’t know. She just developed the disorder and found out that this phenomenon is called Raynaud disease.

IMG_3780

I’m not a big fan of pharmaceuticals like alpha blockers, calcium channel blockers  etc and for sure I wouldn’t do nerve surgery. I very much prefer alternative medicine. So here are some supplements that might help:

  • Fish oil. Your tolerance to cold might get better and by taking fish oil supplements you might be able to delay the narrowing of your blood vessels.
  • Ginkgo. Might help reduce Raynaud’s attacks.
  • Acupuncture. Acupuncture can improve the blood flow.

Some DO’s and DON’Ts for Raynaud people like me:

  • Don’t smoke! Smoking causes your skin temperature to drop and blood vessels to constrict.
  • Exercise! Exercising increases blood circulation – exactly what you need!
  • Control stress! Stress can lead to a Raynaud’s attack.
  • Avoid fast changing temperatures!

The most important thing is to stay warm. When you happen to have an attack it’s important to immediately warm up your fingers and toes to avoid tissue damage or loss of tissue. This can be done by massaging and wiggling your fingers and toes, making wide circles with your arms (windmills) or placing your hands under your armpits.

To prevent Raynaud’s attacks, the best advice I found in the internet is the following:

  • Consider relocating and move to a warmer climate!

 

Well, I guess by moving from Germany to Venezuela I did exactly that. As if I knew I had Raynaud disease LOL. Listen to your body, people 😉

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