Working outdoors in the driving wind and rain with my brother last week and he muttered, "We must be mad - you wouldn't put a milk bottle out in this!" It's not easy, I must admit and one of the hardest things for me is keeping my toes and fingers warm.
I few years ago I was told I had Raynaud's Disease which would explain the awful discomfort and white fingers, and made me realise I wasn't being quite such a wimp after all. It is a "real" thing and is actually quite common, affecting around one in six people.
In people who have Raynaud's, the small blood vessels in the extremities are oversensitive to changes in temperature - or stress. This causes a Raynaud's attack where the fingers change colour typically white, blue, or red and they can be painfully numb, which I always thought was a contradiction of terms.
February is Raynaud's Awareness Month and they are asking people to "raise their hands" and awareness for the condition.
There is a simple test to take online to see whether or not you are affected by it, and an online shop that sells silver gloves and socks.
Made using 12% pure silver thread they minimises any heat loss from the body by actively reflecting 95% of the body's energy back to the skin.
Being very light, the gloves can also be used as liners under gardening gloves and claim to be a great asset if you have eczema, digital ulcers, Raynaud's or other rheumatic disorders.
The 12% silver long socks help keep the skin to a constant temperature of 37degc and will therefore help to keep the feet fresher in the summer as well as warmer in the winter. The gloves start at PS9.50 and the socks at PS13.
So, it appears it's true - every raincloud has a silver lining!
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