Raynaud’s (ray-NODES or ray-NOHZ) is a chronic disease discovered in the 1800's. While currently under-diagnosed, it is common, especially among adult 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 extremities when they are exposed to temperature change. This is caused by overactive nerve bundles surrounding blood vessels close to the skin. When exposed to a temperature differential—like stepping into an air conditioned room on a hot day—the nerves overreact, causing the blood vessels to constrict. The most noticeable symptom of this reaction is rapid color change in the affected area due to lack of blood flow. While many organizations are actively studying this disease, there is currently no cure.
The Raynaud's Smart Glove
While there currently is no cure for Raynaud's, a variety of products exist to help manage symptoms. 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 intelligent.