The gloves are ON to fight Raynaud’s disease

Raynaud's patient
18 October 2016

Young patients got specialist support at a Sheffield Children’s Hospital clinic for a condition which affects up to 10 million people in the UK.

Raynaud’s is a condition which affects the way your hands and feet respond to cold weather, causing colour changes or discomfort. Raynaud’s does not have a cure, so the clinic helps families to focus on preventing and managing symptoms.

14 year-old Hollie from Brinsworth said, “It was quite painful at times, especially when it’s cold. Today has been really reassuring to find out more about it, and what I can do to help manage it.”

The yearly clinic happens just as the weather begins to turn cold and symptoms start to arise. A team of different specialists from physiotherapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, doctors and nurses come together along with a Raynaud’s support charity SRUK.

Shirley Armstrong, Rheumatology Team Co-ordinator said, “Today’s clinic is an opportunity not just to meet medical professionals, but to meet other young people with Raynaud’s and develop a support network. The charity being here can help with practical day-to-day advice too.”

Tracey Spray from SRUK said, “What’s great is that Sheffield Children’s is diagnosing Raynaud’s earlier which allows people to get quicker intervention and support – that can make all the difference.”

Experts shared advice about medication, specialist clothes to keep limbs warm, coping strategies and school packs, to help teachers understand the condition and what extra allowances pupils with Raynaud’s may need during the day.

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