What is Raynaud's Disease?
Sometimes referred to as white finger disease, Raynaud’s (pronounced ray-NODES or ray-NOHZ) is a chronic connective tissue disorder. While currently under-diagnosed, it is relatively common, especially among women. It is estimated that as much as twenty percent of the total U.S. population suffers from Raynaud's Disease. It often accompanies autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Scleroderma, and Arthritis.
Those who suffer from Raynaud's Disease often experience numbness, pain, and swelling in their hands or feet when they are exposed to temperature change or stress. Blood vessels spasm and constrict, causing skin discoloration due to lack of blood flow. These episodes are often referred to as Raynaud's Attacks. Repeated attacks can lead to a thickening of blood vessel walls, which can increase the incidence rate of future attacks.
There is currently no known cure for this chronic condition. However, many symptoms can be managed by most people through lifestyle changes (like avoiding activities that may trigger an attack), therapeutic products (like gloves and heating pads), or medications. Rheumatologists are typically the medical specialists to diagnose Raynaud's. If you experience any of these symptoms you may want to ask your doctor about Raynaud's Disease.
The Raynaud's Smart Glove
The Soletics' Raynaud's Smart Glove was created with help from a number of individuals who suffer from Raynaud's disease. Unlike traditional heated gloves, the Soletics glove utilizes specialized heated fabric, allowing for superior dexterity and comfort. Additionally, sensors placed strategically inside the glove actively sense the surrounding area and adjust heat output on a finger-by-finger basis. This allows the Raynaud's Smart Glove to be responsive, efficient, and long lasting.
If you or a loved one suffers from Raynauds, know that you are not alone. Many resources and support groups are available to help Raynauds patients and their families. The Raynaud’s Association is a national non-profit (501c3) organization whose mission is to provide support and education to the millions of sufferers of Raynaud’s Phenomenon.