NON-MEDICATION & SELF-HELP MEASURES

Regardless of the severity, there are common ways to help reduce how long and severe attacks are:

  • Keep hands and feet warm and dry.
  • Warm hands and feet when attacks occur.
  • Avoid air conditioning.
  • Wear gloves to touch frozen or cold foods.
  • Wear many layers of loose clothing and a hat when it’s cold.
  • Use chemical warmers, such as small heating pouches that can be placed in pockets, mittens, boots, or shoes (do not place against bare skin as this may cause overheating or burns).
  • Talk to a doctor before exercising outside in cold weather.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Avoid medicines that make symptoms worse.
  • Avoid emotional stress and learn ways to cope with stress that you can't avoid.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.

See a doctor if:

  • You worry about attacks or they are increasing in intensity.
  • Attacks happen on just one side of your body.
  • You have sores or ulcers on your fingers or toes.

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