What is Raynaud’s?

Raynaud's is a common condition in which blood is prevented from reaching the extremities of the body, mainly the fingers and toes, on exposure to the cold or any slight change in temperature. A small number of people who have Raynaud's also develop scleroderma, a disease which affects the connective tissue.

Scleroderma means hard skin but the hardness is not limited to the skin - the internal organs and their blood supply may become damaged. Scleroderma can be devastating not only for the person who has the condition but also for the families concerned.

The Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association is a national charity and self-help organisation that’s committed to supporting people who have these conditions as well as their carers. Their aims are to promote better communication between doctors and patients, to share information and to raise funds for research and welfare projects.

Raynaud’s Awareness Month takes place every February. Organised by the Raynaud's and Scleroderma Association, the month aims to raise awareness of these disorders and offer help and advice not only to sufferers, but to their friends and families too.

To find out more visit www.raynauds.org.uk.