Did you know February is the coldest month of the year in the UK?
As the cold bites, it’s vital to keep warm & protect your fingers and toes. This is particularly important if you have poor circulation or suffer from Raynauds. With Raynauds phenomenon, which affects up to 10 million people in the UK, the capillaries (small blood vessels) in hands and feet are over-sensitive to changes in temperature. Cue a change of colour in your fingers or toes, followed by pins and needles or throbbing sensations when they warm back up. It can be incredibly painful. In women it is often associated with a family history, oestrogen exposure and emotional stress.
What can you do?
Here’s a top tip I was given by a helpful bloke in a ski shop: wear mittens. Even better, ones with fluffy/furry insides. The fluffy/furry bit will help to insulate your hands. Keeping your fingers next to each other will also help keep them warm (standard gloves leak heat out from round each finger). The mittens tip worked – hurrah! Yes, you will have to ask your friends to help do your coat up – but that’s what friends are for.
There are a range of natural options for treatment, including acupuncture. The Raynauds Society website has list of suggestions to help manage cold fingers and toes. These include types of exercise to help circulation, supplements and a selection of silver lined gloves & socks (no mittens though!)
So, love your hands, feet – and self – this Valentines Day.