Raynaud’s phenomenon is common and doesn’t usually cause any severe problems. You can often treat the symptoms yourself by keeping warm. Sometimes it can be a sign of a more serious condition.

Check if it’s Raynaud’s

Raynaud’s affects your blood circulation. When you’re cold, anxious or stressed, your fingers and toes may change colour.

Other symptoms can include:

Things you can do yourself

See a GP if:

  • your symptoms are very bad or getting worse
  • Raynaud’s is affecting your daily life
  • you only have numbness on one side of your body
  • you also have joint pain, skin rashes or muscle weakness
  • you’re over 30 and get symptoms of Raynaud’s for the first time
  • your child is under 12 and has symptoms of Raynaud’s

Treatment from a GP

If your symptoms are very bad or getting worse, your GP may prescribe a medicine called nifedipine to help improve your circulation.

Some people need to take nifedipine every day. Others only use it to prevent Raynaud’s – for example, during cold weather.

Sometimes your GP will examine you and suggest a blood test. In rare cases, Raynaud’s could be a sign of a more serious condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.