Raynaud’s syndrome: What is condition as common as hayfever, that turns fingers BLUE?

Raynaud’s is caused by blood flow becoming blocked when in cold temperatures, or when anxious or stressed.

The affected body parts can change colour from red, to white, and the to blue, because not enough blood is reaching the areas.

Symptoms can last from a few minutes, up to several hours, according to the NHS.

But, the condition could be treated with a number of natural foods, including bananas, ginger and seafood.

“The onset of autumn and winter can be a challenging time for those suffering with Raynaud’s phenomenon,” said allcures.com’s Superintendent Pharmacist, Jagdeesh Cheema.

He told Express.co.uk: “It can be very uncomfortable, painful, and make everyday tasks like writing or buttoning up a coat difficult.”

The condition occurs due to over-sensitive blood vessels, and there are two forms of the condition.

In Primary Raynaud’s, patients’ blood supply is interrupted to the extremities - mainly the fingers and toes, but it can also affect the nose, ears and nipples.

It leaves them feeling numb and tingly, and causes them to change colour. When they warm up again, it can cause a stinging or throbbing pain.

Cheema said: “Secondary Raynaud’s is usually caused by another underlying condition such as an autoimmune disease, like scleroderma or lupus, that causes the blood vessels to overreact. This usually needs a little more monitoring."

Secondary Raynaud’s carries a higher risk of complications. Although rare, it could lead to ulcers, scarring, and even tissue death.

About 10 million people are living with Raynaud’s in the UK, it’s been estimated.

Roughly 10 per cent of the global population have the condition, and even eating or touching cold food and drinks could trigger symptoms.

“The first step is being able to identify the condition, so if you notice any over sensitivity to the drop in temperature over the autumn and winter months, then book an appointment with your GP to get a proper diagnosis,” Cheema added.

In most cases, the condition can be treated by avoiding the cold, wearing gloves and using relaxation techniques when feeling stressed.

Adding extra potassium to your diet could improve symptoms, it’s been claimed. The mineral controls fluid balance in the body, and helps to dilate blood vessels and arteries. So, eating potassium-rich foods, including bananas, could help the condition.

Ginger could also help to treat Raynaud’s by improving blood circulation in the body.

Foods rich in vitamin E helps to reinforce blood vessel walls, so oxygen and blood can move throughout the body easily. Avocado, leafy green vegetables and seafood are all packed full of vitamin E.

Meanwhile, for a more herbal approach to treating the condition, Padma Circosan supplements are made up of 21 plant and mineral ingredients to combat the symptoms of Raynaud’s.

It includes polyphenols, bioflavonoids and essential oils, and has anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating effects, the manufacturer claimed.



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