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Body check.

February is Raynaud's Awareness Month and this year, the Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association celebrates its silver jubilee.

Many people have Raynaud's mildly and may be unaware that there is a name for it.

On exposure to the cold or any slight change in temperature, blood is temporarily prevented from reaching the fingers and toes.

In its most severe form it is extremely painful especially when ulcers occur on fingers and toes which will require specialist treatment.

The Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association would like to hear from anyone who suffers from cold hands and feet.

In return they will send out a free information pack which contains details of a wide variety of heating aids and garments to help keep the cold at bay, including silver socks and gloves.

Did you know?

* Silver gloves and socks can help to keep the fingers and toes warm due to the fact that silver minimises the radiative heat loss by actively reflecting 95% of the body's energy back to the skin. Silver has one of lowest radiant heat loss rates and therefore keeps warmth longer.

* Viagra - under its new name sildenafil - can increase blood flow to the fingers and toes in Raynaud's patients.

* A gel and patch which contain nitroglycerine - favoured by bank robbers - could prove a major breakthrough in the treatment of the condition. It is thought that the nitroglycerine improves blood flow.

* There are 10 million people in Britain who suffer from Raynaud's at some time during their lives, the majority of whom are female.

* For a free information pack and questionnaire call the Raynaud's & Scleroderma Association on freephone 0800 917 2494 or visit www.raynauds.org.uk or send an SAE to RSA, 112 Crewe Road, Alsager, Cheshire ST7 2JA
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Title Annotation:Family Life
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2007
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