Raynaud’s Awareness Month

  • What is Raynaud's Awareness Month?
  • How can you get involved with Raynaud's Awareness Month?
  • How does your donation help Raynaud's Awareness Month?
  • What is Raynaud’s?
  • What are the Symptoms of Raynaud's?
  • What are the Different Types of Raynaud's?

  • What is Raynaud's Awareness Month?

    Raynaud’s Awareness Month this year will be held in February from 1st February-28th February 2018 and the purpose is to raise awareness and understanding of Raynaud’s and why it is important that everyone knows the signs and symptoms to look out for.

    The campaign is run by Scleroderma&Raynaud’s UK which are the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Scleroderma and Raynaud’s. To find out more information about the charitable organisation visit https://www.sruk.co.uk/about-us/


    How can you get involved with Raynaud's Awareness Month?

    • Take the test on their website

    • Get your friends, family, work colleagues to unite for Raynaud’s by organising a coffee morning. Cosy up with some cake and a coffee, raise money to help improve early diagnosis.

    • Make a donation on the website to support the charity and people/families affected by Raynaud’s

    • Share your story with images, writing, videos if you wish. This will demonstrate a large number of people affected by scleroderma and Raynaud’s. The story will help raise awareness for the campaign and charity and inspire others to take action in helping towards a positive cause.

    • Social media sharing #raiseyourhands to help spread the word and increase awareness online. 

    • Purchasing from the shop to help fundraise towards the charity including wearing their warm gloves, warm socks, range of warm clothing products.

    • Hosting your own events-spreading the word

    • Signing up for their newsletter

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    To find out more information about the campaign and how you can get involved visit the website below https://www.sruk.co.uk/get-involved/raynauds-awareness-month/


    How does your donation help Raynaud's Awareness Month?

    • £25- could support people who are newly diagnosed with Raynaud’s by helping the charity to send a kit to their hospital directly.

    • £50- could help a family attend a specialist education event to learn more about managing their child’s condition.

    • £100- could help fundraise a research nurse, for day, taking simple skin samples, to better understand the progression. To find out more about how to donate towards the awareness month visit the link below https://www.sruk.co.uk/donate/

    In the previous year of the campaign February 2017 they managed to help over 4,500 people suffering with Raynaud’s. They had reached over 39 million people through local and national press and taking part in radio shows across the country. To find out more information about the success of the campaign in the previous year visit

    https://www.sruk.co.uk/about-us/news/raise-your-hands-news/


    What is Raynaud’s?

    Raynaud’s is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK. In people with Raynaud’s, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress. This can lead to a Raynaud attack.

    Raynaud attacks can be very uncomfortable, possibly painful process. It can also make everyday tasks such as buttoning a jacket, unzipping a wallet or purse very difficult.

    Raynaud’s is a disease that causes some areas of your body such as your fingers and toes to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood flow to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation in the affected areas.

    Raynaud’s affects your blood circulation. When you’re cold, anxious or stressed, your fingers and toes may change colour.


    What are the Symptoms of Raynaud's? 

    • pain

    • numbness

    • pins and needles

    • difficulty moving the affected area

    • cold fingers or toes

    • colour changes in the skin in response to stress or cold.

     

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    What are the Different Types of Raynaud's? 

    • Primary Raynaud’s- This is usually manageable and mild. A person with primary Raynaud’s usually has no other complications and only occasionally develops a related problem.

    • Secondary Raynaud’s- This is where Raynaud's is caused by another condition, usually an autoimmune disease like scleroderma or lupus. Secondary Raynaud's needs more investigation and more careful monitoring for complications like ulceration or sores.

    There are many different ways in which Raynaud’s can be treated and including managing the condition, natural therapies, medical procedures and many others.

    To find out more information about Raynaud’s condition visit

    https://www.sruk.co.uk/raynauds/

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/raynauds/