February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month so #RaiseYourHands
Raynaud’s is a common condition affecting 10 million people in the UK however research from Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK (SRUK), the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by Scleroderma and Raynaud’s, reveals that only 4% are able to identify the symptoms of Raynaud’s. SRUK is tackling this lack of understanding by getting everyone affected to unite and #RaiseYourHands in February and Raynaud’s Awareness Month.
SRUK have launched a simple online test, (accessible via their website or by clicking the following link) to help identify if you may have Raynaud’s. At the end of the test you will be given information if you could have Raynaud’s and the next steps to take, which could include top tips on keeping warm or downloadable information to take to your GP.
For many with Raynaud’s it will be a mild inconvenience, but it’s important to know if you have the condition as 1 in 10 people affected by Raynaud’s go on to develop an autoimmune condition like scleroderma (which can cause disability and can be life-threatening), which may need further treatment and close monitoring.
If you think you may have any of the 5 symptoms below, take the test today at www.sruk.co.uk/testme
– Cold fingers and toes
– Colour changes in the skin in response to cold or stress
– Colour changes in the affected area to white, then blue and then red
– Numbness, tingling or pain in the fingers and toes
– Stinging or throbbing pain upon warming or stress relief
Click here to find out more about #RaiseYourHands and how to get involved in the Raynaud’s Awareness Month campaign this February.