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Raynaud’s Awareness Month
takes place every February
The Reynaud’s and Scleroderma Association aim to highlight these disorders and offer help and advice not only to sufferers, but to their friends and families too.
You may not have heard of Raynaud's, but it is thought to affect between 3% and 20% of the adult population worldwide with around 10% of women in the UK suffering from the condition to some degree.
What is Raynaud’s?
Raynaud’s is when the blood supply to the extremities is interrupted (usually in the fingers and toes, but can sometimes also be in the ears and nose).
A Raynaud’s occurrence is usually triggered by being exposed to or touching anything cold. Emotions such as anxiety and stress as well as smoking can also play a part. Anyone with Raynaud’s is strongly encouraged to stop smoking as smoking causes narrowing of the blood vessels.
When an episode of Raynaud’s is triggered, the affected area first becomes unusually white. It may then turn blue before finally turning red and burning when the blood flow is restored. Pain, numbness or tingling may also be felt.
Treatment for Raynaud’s
There are many treatments for Raynaud’s; treatments, however, vary depending on the severity of the condition. For mild Raynaud’s, practical measures can be taken to ease symptoms such as hand warmers, thermal gloves and hats. Patients are informed however that ambient temperature is as important in keeping warm because often it is not the absolute temperature, but a small change in the ambient environment, which triggers
a Raynaud’s occurrence. Cold, draughty places, therefore, should be avoided when possible.
If the condition is severe then your GP can advise on medications that are available to help- however, patients often need to try several medications before finding the one that works for them. Many people with Raynaud’s try natural products such as vitamins, fish oil, evening primrose oil, gingko biloba and ginger- which seem to help some patients and can be purchased without prescription.
For more information about Raynaud’s, please visit www.raynauds.org.uk
MARK GOES THAT EXTRA MILE FOR THE HOMELESS
A Youth Advocate delivered Winter Hamper Packs to homeless people in Merseyside.
Mark Buchanan put together the packs, which included gloves, scarves, hats, a number of food items and advice on services available in Liverpool for those who find themselves homeless, after speaking with local businesses. He also put together a number of packs for organisations such as the homeless and housing charity The Whitechapel Centre and Little Sisters of the Poor. Mark used his own transport to deliver the hampers on December 25, 2014.
He said: “If any Service staff members would like to donate items for this December, 2015, or even if anyone would like to join me on Christmas Day 2015 then please get in contact with me. I am looking to make this a yearly endeavour.”
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