Written By REBECCA ENDICOTT
Do your fingers turn bright white or even blue after just a few minutes in the cold? Are your hands and toes always chilly, no matter what you do?
If so, you could be one of the 200,000 Americans with Raynaud’s disease.
This little-known disease is shockingly common, though most people have never heard of it.
Even folks who employ every trick in the book to keep the house warm might still have trouble staying cozy if they have Raynaud’s, especially during the winter.
The condition affects your circulation and makes it hard to get heat flowing to your outer extremities.
It’s worse during cold weather, but a bout of Raynaud’s can just as easily be brought on in the summer by too-cold air conditioning, or a dip in an unheated pool.
Check out the symptoms below if any of this sounds like it could be you.
And if you suspect you might have Raynaud’s, contact your doctor to learn about the best precautions to take to keep your body temperature cozy.