If you live somewhere cold, go outdoors during the winter months, and subsequently experience cold fingers, toes, or other extremities that only warm up after returning to the house, beware – you could be suffering from Raynaud’s Disease.
No, seriously. This is a thing you can find on WebMD, and also the Mayo Clinic website – the definition, symptoms, and causes of Raynaud’s Disease. Which may seem normal to you, until you begin to read just what, exactly, this very official-sounding affliction entails.
Definition (according to the Mayo Clinic):
“Raynaud’s Disease 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 to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas. Women are more likely than men to have Raynaud’s Disease…It appears to be more common in people who live in colder climates.”
Do you feel a little like someone in the medical establishment is trolling us? Yeah. Me, too.
I mean, cold climates and feeling numb and chilly in response to cold weather? WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT?
Just in case you’re concerned that you might be suffering from this (apparently) very real disease, though, please check out the symptoms:
“During an attack of Raynaud’s, affected areas of your skin usually first turn white. Then, the affected areas often turn blue and feel cold and numb. As you warm and circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red, throb, tingle, or swell.”
“Although Raynaud’s most commonly affects your fingers and toes, the condition can also affect other areas of your body, such as your nose, lips, ears, and even nipples. After warming, it may take 15 minutes for normal blood flow to return to the area.”
Heads up, people – if your extremities are cold and blue, please go inside. Once there, expect to wait an average of 15 minutes and be prepared for potential mild pain and color changes as your skin returns to a normal temperature.
Should we alert the media?
Maybe not, but I encourage you all to take this information into your doctor’s office and some point this winter, tell him you think you’re having an attack of Raynaud’s, and let the trolling continue.
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h/t: Mayo Clinic