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Monday, March 30, 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Infrared Heat Therapy

Photo Courtesy of AMA

by Anna Miller

Don't laugh, there's a list of new warm, USB infrared heated computer gadgets available to help prevent the onset of repetitive strain injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. So, instead of causing problems, the computer may actually be helping us!

Many people suffer from hand and arm injuries due to overusing the computer mouse hand and keyboard hands. It's referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). The most common form of the condition is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve running from the arm to the hand gets squeezed near the wrist. The median nerve deals with the palm side of the thumb, most of the fingers and some muscles in the hand. The area called the "carpal tunnel" is a narrow area of ligament and bone at the base of the hand that holds the median nerve and some tendons. When the median nerve gets squeezed, it usually causes pain, tingling, numbness and weakness in the hand, wrist and arm.





The onset of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is gradual. So, taking a proactive approach to this type of condition is the smart thing to do. There are things a person can do to help decrease the chance of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and possibly prevent it altogether.

The most obvious health tips include relaxing the hand's grip on objects like the computer mouse, excercising the hands and arms instead of sitting in the same position for long hours, creating a healthy ergonomic computer work area and keeping the hands using the computer warm.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What Causes Cold Hands and Fingers?


Do you experience cold fingers and hands even when you're in a warm room?


from HealthMad

Do you suffer from cold fingers and hands even when it’s not cold outside? While it’s normal to experience cold fingers and hands when you step outside on a blustery day, some people have this experience when temperatures are more moderate. What causes cold fingers and hands?

Sometimes cold fingers and hands can be brought on by something as simple as stress. If you’ve ever reached out your hand to greet a nervous candidate who’s interviewing for a job, you may have noticed that their hand felt cold and clammy. The reason? When you’re fearful or under stress, your nervous system reacts by constricting blood vessels in the extremities, effectively shunting blood away from the hands and feet back towards the heart. This may give some credence to the phrase, “cold hands, warm heart”. At the same time, the hands become cold, sweaty and clammy to the touch. People who are constantly nervous often have cold hands, particularly if they smoke which further reduces circulation to the hands and feet.

A lesser known, but still relatively common cause of cold fingers and hands is a condition known as Raynaud’s syndrome. People who have Raynaud’s syndrome have unusually reactive blood vessels in the hands. In response to even mildly depressed temperatures, the hands and fingers may become cold and numb and even manifest color changes ranging from white to purple. This can occur sometimes with something as simple as touching a cold object for a few seconds. Although the exact cause of this syndrome isn’t known, it’s believed to inflict up to fifteen percent of the population to some degree with women being more commonly affected than men.

In rare cases, cold hands can be caused by more serious problems such as heart disease, arthritic disorders, or diseases that affect the circulatory system, but these causes are generally associated with other symptoms.

Whether you experience cold fingers and hands from chronic nervous or from Raynaud’s syndrome, it’s important to avoid making the problem worse. Stress management is important to keep the nervous system from constricting blood flow to the hands. Smoking is another activity that should be avoided if cold hands are a problem. It’s also important to avoid tight or constrictive clothing on the upper body. Of course, when you venture outside in cold weather, you’ll want to have your hands and fingers covered with a good pair of gloves. In some cases, medications known as calcium channel blockers are used to treat cold fingers and hands associated with Raynaud’s syndrome.

If you’re experiencing other symptoms with your cold fingers and hands, it’s a good idea to see your doctor to rule out more serious causes such as heart disease, arthritic diseases, or problems with circulation.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How to Warm your Cold Mouse Hand

The Mouse Hand Warmer® shown above is the invention of i-GlobalMall.com, Inc. Read about the Mouse Hand Warmer at Inventor's Spot or at IGMproducts.com. The article below was found at another website which clearly copied the orginal Mouse Hand Warmer®. To keep your cold computer hands warm, use infrared heated mouse, mouse pad, keyboard pad and mouse hand warmer blanket. Quality products available online at IGMproducts.com.

From eHow
Inventor & Trademark Owner i-GlobalMall.com, Inc.

Did you ever notice after a long period of time on the computer, that your mouse hand (your right hand) is much colder than your left hand? It's a condition called Cold Mouse Hand. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do to warm your cold mouse hand.

Periodically during your computer time, practice stretching your fingers and do ergonomic hand exercises to improve circulation to your hands. Look under resources for links to two excellent articles with various techniques you can implement to keep your hands healthy and strong.

Look on the internet for mouse hand warmers for sale or better yet, make your own simple warmer for your cold mouse hand and save yourself $30.

Lay your mouse pad on a remnant of fleece to size the square you'll be making. Allow extra inches surrounding the mouse pad so your hand will have ample room to move inside the hand warmer. (The hand warmer being made is 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" square.) Cut two pieces identical in size.

Center seam opening for mouse. Center seam opening for mouse. With right sides together, saw a 1/2" seam around 3 sides of the square of fleece. Leave a small opening at center top that is just wide enough to fit your mouse through.

Turn square right side out. Lay mouse pad inside and insert your mouse and cord through the top.

Netting between squares. Netting between squares. You can make a warmer to warm your cold mouse hand even if you use a cordless mouse. The basic directions are the same.

Cut your two square pieces of fleece. In addition, cut a strip of tulle netting that is 2 1/2" wide x the length of your square. (which is 13 1/2" in the example shown). Fold the netting strip in half lengthwise and sew edges in a 1/4" seam to each of the top of the fleece squares.

Cordless version. Cordless version. Your netting should now be centered between the squares. With right sides together, sew along opposing sides of the squares in a 1/2" seam. Turn right side out.

Lay your mouse pad and cordless mouse inside. Your mouse will be able to project through the netting.

Inside mouse hand warmer. Inside mouse hand warmer. Warm your cold mouse hand with either version of the mouse hand warmer. Don't forget the finger stretching and hand exercises. Using these simple methods will help to eliminate your cold mouse hand. Stay healthy!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Cold Facts About Seriously Cold Hands



Karen Barrow


Cold hands and feet are a common occurrence, usually blamed on the frigid weather, not dressing warmly enough or poor circulation. In most cases, a pair of mittens and some heavy socks will make you feel toasty again. But at what point are cold hands a sign of more serious problems? Dr. Robert Spiera, director of vasculitis and scleroderma at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York explains Raynaud's syndrome, a surprisingly common condition that underlies many cases of cold feet.

What is Raynaud's syndrome?
Raynaud's syndrome is a condition where people develop spasms in the blood vessels going to the hands or feet. These spasms are most often precipitated by exposure to cold, but they can also be caused by stressful situations. It is something that is fairly common, especially in young women. Some estimates will say that as many as 10 percent of women have Raynaud's phenomena.

What are the symptoms of Raynaud's?
The hands or feet turn colors. The most typical thing would be first turning a whitish color, possibly followed by a phase where the hands can become very bluish and then a very reddish phase at the end. This is called the "French tricolor" changes of Raynaud's: white, blue and red.
These color changes are a result of the alterations in blood flow to the extremities. [The white color is caused by a lack of blood. The blue to red color is a result of a rush of blood to the hands.]

Should you be concerned about Raynaud's syndrome if you often get cold hands?
Raynaud's symptoms can fall within a spectrum in terms of the severity of the disease. There are people who are cold-sensitive, and their hands might turn a little white or feel a little bit cold in the cold weather; that's actually a normal physiologic response. But when people have Raynaud's, it's a more striking change, where they can actually see the color changes.

Why do people with Raynaud's get cold hands and feet?
Raynaud's is based on a normal physiologic response. If somebody is exposed to cold, the normal physiologic response is for your body to maintain core body temperature and prevent heat loss through the extremities. So, the body would clamp down on the peripheral vessels to have the blood go to the vital organs to maintain warmth.


But in people with Raynaud's, this normal response is exaggerated. For example, frostbite wouldn't be considered Raynaud's, but it's caused by the same response. In people who have Raynaud's, something like frostbite might happen much more readily or be more pronounced when it happens.

What causes Raynaud's phenomena?
There are families that are predisposed to having Raynaud's phenomena, but the symptoms of Raynaud's are usually indicative of some other disease. There are some autoimmune or connective tissue diseases that cause a higher rate and more severe form of Raynaud's.

For example, Raynaud's occurs in almost everybody with scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease. So, while some people just have Raynaud's syndrome alone with mild symptoms when they get very cold, in people with scleroderma the Raynaud's can be so severe that they develop injury to the tips of their fingers from the lack of blood flow. It becomes such a profound lack of blood supply that they actually can get ulcerations on the fingertips or even autoamputation (detachment) of the digits. In these patients with scleroderma and Raynaud's, the changes to the blood vessels can be seen; there's a thickening of the blood vessels which causes less room for the blood to flow.

How is Raynaud's diagnosed?
Raynaud's is really a clinical description. The only way to diagnose Raynaud's is by getting a good history from the patient and asking them to describe what happens to their hands. If the patient says, "Doctor, on cold exposure or during a stressful situation, my hands turn white and maybe little bluish," it's really just that description that would allow the doctor to diagnose Raynaud's.
Sometimes we'll just see it happen right in front of us. A patient gets nervous as a new doctor walks into the room, or they're in a cold exam room, and it will precipitate Raynaud's, so the doctor can observe it there.

How is the severity of the symptoms determined?
The severity would be determined by how much it bothers the patient, and how much it interferes with their daily life. That really depends on the individual patient and daily demands.
For example, I had a young woman who was a surgical resident and would go into the cold operating room and have the symptoms of Raynaud's there. It really wasn't necessarily a more severe form of Raynaud's than maybe somebody else's, but it interfered with her life more.

I would say it's significant if people are developing attacks where the white phase lasts more than 15 minutes. That really raises a flag that it might be serious Raynaud's, because during that white phase the fingers are not getting blood. That person is probably at higher risk for actually having injury to the tissues in their fingers or feet (but more often fingers) from the Raynaud's. This prolonged white phase signals more serious Raynaud's, and also would make me delve more deeply into whether this might be Raynaud's in the context of a more serious autoimmune or connective tissue disease like scleroderma.

What other diseases are associated with Raynaud's phenomena?
We seem to find that patients with autoimmune diseases have a higher frequency of Raynaud's than the general population. Scleroderma has the strongest association. In phospholipid syndrome, a person has certain blood proteins that predispose them to sluggish blood flow or blood clots that may show up as Raynaud's. We also see Raynaud's in patients with lupus.


Is this often the first sign of a more serious autoimmune problem?
Well, it can be. But more often than not, it's not going to be representing an autoimmune problem. So if somebody calls me up and says, "You know, I just met this young woman and she has a ten-year history of Raynaud's, and it's not changing, " I don't even think I need to see that person as a rheumatologist. But if someone's Raynaud's has suddenly gotten much, much worse, or somebody is 30 and is developing new Raynaud's, it can be a sign of an underlying connective tissue disorder brewing.


But I would say the most common consultation is to a young person with new Raynaud's. Do they have another disease or not? More often than not, they don't. But on the other hand, it is fair to look at that as something that should be at least evaluated, at least by their internist, if they develop new Raynaud's.

What does treatment consist of?
Once Raynaud's is diagnosed, how it is treated depends on how much it's interfering with the patient's life. There are some people with Raynaud's phenomena where they notice it, but it doesn't particularly bother them. So, beyond reassuring myself that it is nothing more serious, maybe that person doesn't need any treatment at all. If a person is uncomfortable with it, there are a few very basic things to do. Maintaining core body temperature warmth is important. People with Raynaud's intuitively recognize, "Gee, I'd better wear gloves more often," but it's not just wearing gloves, it's also keeping a sweater on to keep your core body temperature up.

There are also medications we sometimes use in people who have very bad Raynaud's, or when it is interfering with their quality of life. One class of drugs used is called calcium channel blockers, like Procardia (nifedipine) or Norvasc (amlodipine), and are usually used as high blood pressure medicines. For Raynaud's they dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation. It's important to note that these drugs are not going to completely eliminate Raynaud's, but if they were having ten episodes a week, maybe they'll have four episodes a week. The drugs will decrease the frequency and often the severity of attacks.

Avoiding smoking is probably the most important thing for people with Raynaud's to do. You can actually give somebody a cigarette and precipitate a Raynaud's episode. Smoking causes spasm of the blood vessels.

Do you need to see a rheumatologist for an accurate diagnosis?
I think most rheumatologists would be comfortable with evaluating Raynaud's, but a lot of internists would be very capable of dealing with new Raynaud's as well. I think as rheumatologists, we deal with it a lot, and we're very familiar about the other things we should be thinking about in the context of new Raynaud's.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cold Hand Help for Computer Users: ValueRays Infrared Heat - Warm Mouse, Heated Mouse Pad & Warm Computer Keyboard Pad


Computer users can get help with cold hands by using infrared heat computer gadgets; an infrared heat warm mouse, heated mouse pad and heated computer keyboard pad. The cold hand help is enhanced when the products are used in combination with one another and with a mouse hand warmer blanket.

It doesn't matter if you sit and think, or if you just sit! It doesn't matter if it's Summer, Winter, Spring or Fall. When your hands are cold, your entire body feels the chill. Chills create distraction, and the only thing to think about is the cold. Not all people have cold hands when using the computer, but for those who do, there are infrared heat, ergonomic computer work aids to help cold hand pain.

Three items used whenever we use a computer are the computer mouse, mouse pad and computer keyboard. Using the computer mouse and keyboard with cold hands is very uncomfortable and at times very painful. A cold mouse hand creates numb fingers, and the chill is felt to the bone. Trying to grip a computer mouse and typing with freezing, frigid fingers and hands is nearly impossible. The solution is an infrared heat warm mouse, heated mouse pad and heated computer keyboard.

ValueRays heated computer gadgets and mouse hand warmers connect to the computer using an USB port. USB connections create an energy-efficient and cost-effective source of heat energy during winter months or during the summer when air-conditioning creates a cold work space and hands become cold. Some people sit near a drafty window or under a ceiling fan where cold drafts become a problem. Using a heated mouse, warm mouse pad and warm keyboard pad can help relieve cold hand pain.

The ValueRays USB warm computer gadget is designed with a carbon fiber, it creates infrared heat. Infrared heat is an excellent source of healing energy. The natural source of infrared heat comes from the sun. It's the deep penetrating heat we feel when the sun's rays hit our skin. The sun's natural infrared rays are capable of penetrating deep into the body where they elevate surface temperature and activate healthy body functions.

The infrared heat from USB warm computer gadgets is the same as the sun's infrared heat without the harmful UV rays of the sun. The infrared waves are a safe alternative to natural sun infrared rays. The infrared rays heat objects by direct light conversion - a process to directly warm an object; i.e., the warm mouse, warm mouse pad, and warm keyboard pad, and not the surrounding air. Infrared heat rays from the warming mouse, warming mouse pad and warming keyboard pad penetrate the hand, warm the muscles, tissues and dilate the blood vessels. The infrared heating process improves blood circulation by allowing the blood to flow more freely through the cold, painful, tense hand.

A standard, ValueRays USB heated computer mouse connects to the computer through an USB (United Serial Bus) port and delivers infrared heat creating a comfortably warm mouse hand. It has the basic functions and characteristics of a standard mouse with the added feature of delivering heat to a cold mouse hand. The USB infrared heated, warm computer mouse is an efficient way to stay warm by using energy generated from the computer. The USB warm mouse is ergonomically shaped and comfortable to hold. It is an optical scrolling mouse with an accurate 800dpi. The warm mouse has two buttons and three functions, and it works with any PC, Mac or Notebook style computer. A warm mouse has a "plug & play" install with no additional software needed.

The ValueRays heated mouse pad connects to the computer through an USB (United Serial Bus) port and delivers infrared heat to the mouse hand. It has many more functions compared to a standard mouse pad. The USB heated mouse pad creates a warm mouse pad surface to rest the hand and wrist. It's an efficient way to keep the mouse hand warm. The USB warm mouse pad is ergonomically shaped and comfortable to use. It has an ergonomic wrist support pad at the front of the mousepad, and at the opposite end of the mousepad there are four USB ports. The warming mouse pad is constructed of a smooth, hard surface compatible to use with any mechanical or optical mouse for ease of mouse movement. A standard heated mouse pad measures about 10" x 10" with a height of about .5 inch. When plugged into the USB port, the heated pad illuminates around three sides with colored lights. The warm mouse pad operates on a safe, low voltage and generates soothing heated mouse pad warmth. The warm mouse pad works with a 2.0 USB outlet on a PC, Mac or Notebook style computer. It has a "plug & play" install with no additional software needed.

The ValueRays warm mouse and heated mouse pad help the cold mouse hand and serve a purpose when used together or separately. When the two items are used in combination with a third item, a mouse hand warmer blanket pouch, infrared heat is insulated inside and under a mouse hand blanket creating a perfectly warm mouse hand environment. It creates an ideal, warm house for the mouse hand.

With the mouse hand warm, the keyboard hands are still an issue for the person who suffers with cold hands. The ValueRays USB heated computer keyboard pad connects to the computer through an USB port and delivers infrared heat to the hands, arms and wrists. It is ergonomically shaped and offers support for the keyboard hands and wrists for typing on the keyboard. The wrist pad is easy to maintain. It has a nylon cover with a zipper closure making it easy to remove and hand wash/air dry. A standard USB heated computer keyboard pad measures about 16 inches long, 3 inches wide and has a height of about 3/4" tall. It has a soft sponge insert making the wrist pad very comfortable for keyboard use. It aligns your wrist ergonomically over the keyboard adding supprt and warmth while you type or work. The USB heated keyboard wrist pad works with any PC, Mac or Notebook style computer. It has a "plug & play" install with no additional software needed.

There is help for people who have cold hands when using the computer. Warm computer gadgets to help cold hands are available online at IGMproducts.com or ValueRays.com. Making an investment in one or all four ValueRays warm computer gadgets to help relieve the cold has high payoff value when cold hands cause pain and discomfort.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Cold mouse hand? Use a warm mouse!




Do your hands feel cold after you start working from gripping the computer mouse? Do you sit for hours with freezing numb fingers? Think about how good a warm mouse would feel to the hand used to hold a computer mouse. Then, imagine all the cold and pain gone! That's the result you will get from using a heated, warm mouse.


Ever wonder why computer mice are shaped the way they are? Does your mouse hand ache regardless of the shape of computer mouse you use? I've asked myself lately, and came to the conclusion people are all the same, yet they are very different. So, for every ergonomic need and every hand condition, there's a different shaped computer mouse with different and helpful functionality.

The computer mouse was invented about 40 years ago by Douglas Engelbart. If you search Google for "computer mouse inventor" you can read more about its history. Pictures of the first mouse illustrate a small wooden box filled with techie guts. We've come a long way in 40 years. And, the functionality of the computer mouse has, too.

The missing ergonomic link in modern-day computer mouse technology is heat. The warm mouse is the answer to many ailments and hand injuries. The use of the computer is growing, and it's use is not going to fade or go away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, computer use being on the rise, educators are debating as to whether or not to continue teaching penmanship in schools!

If we rely upon the computer for everyday connections, for Presidential campaigns and for daily tasks, then why wouldn't we begin the introduction of computer work aids to assist in healing and creating a more healthy computer work environment. That's where the warm mouse fits nicely. The warm mouse generates heat to the mouse hand. Whether the mouse hand is cold, sore, tense or stressed, the heat from a warm mouse penetrates deeply through the skin's layers to sore muscles creating a comfortable, relaxed, healthy experience.

The use of a carbon fiber heating element inside the mouse creating infrared heat adds tremondous benefit for using a warm mouse. Infrared heat heals (search Google for "infrared heat heals"). This has been proven and documented by medical practitioners worldwide. Infrared heating pads, lamps, saunas, incubators and NASA space programs use infrared heat. Studies show about 30 minutes of infrared heat daily improves poor circulation by getting blood flowing to constricted blood vessels. What a relief for people who suffer with poor hand circulation from Raynaud's Phenomenon, arthritis and diabetes! Holding a warm mouse at home or at work can make a huge difference for hand pain and comfort when using the computer.

When there's a stiff neck or sore back, a heating pad helps relieve the pain. Similarly, when the computer mouse hand hurts, a warm mouse feels good and creates relief. The positive results of the warm mouse have been so very good it has inspired the manufacture of warm mouse pads, warm keyboard pads, and a vast array of other USB (Universal Serial Bus) connected devices to create heat and warmth for computer users. Plus, the heat created is energy-efficient and cost-effective. No need to crank up the room temperature when a computer's energy is easily converted into creating comfort for its user.

Before you race out to get a warm mouse, make sure you get one with a carbon fiber to generate infrared heat, and be certain to compare prices and shipping costs. Free shipping and purchasing from a reputable supplier is best. Driving to your local office supply store for a warm mouse may be a waste of time. The best place to obtain a warm mouse is online. The search engines are a good place to shop and compare (search Google for "infrared heat computer mouse"). While you are at it, take a look at other heated computer products, too. The warm mouse, the warm mouse pad and the warm keyboard pad are only the beginning of things to get to create an ultimate warm ergonomic computer work environment.


Source: http://www.IGMproducts.com

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Alternative Treatment of Raynaud's Disease

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by PETER HUTCH


Raynaud's disease is a condition of the circulation that affects blood supply to the skin and causes the extremities of the body to lose feeling and become numb. The symptoms of Raynaud’s are most commonly associated with cold and stress and sufferers of this condition will find their toes and fingers feel very cold or even lose sensation in response to a stressful situation or exposure to cold.


Raynaud's Disease is an uncommon condition caused by nervous spasm in the small arteries, especially of the fingers, resulting in their going cold, white, and often numb. It most often affects young women. Raynauds disease is a condition that causes extremeties of the body such as fingers and toes to feel cold and numb. Prolonged attacks can be painful and debilitating. It is caused by spasms in the blood vessels reducing the flow of blood to the affected areas, and can be brought on by low external temperature or stress.

Treatment involves symptomatic relief using herbal medicines such as Chilli & Comfrey Cream and Ginger to promote peripheral blood flow. Supplementary Rutin along with Bilberry and Horse Chestnut are all excellent long-term treatments vital to improve the condition of the blood vessel walls and thus the efficiency of the circulation generally. Herbal Medicine Rub in calendula (marigold) ointment if the skin is broken.

Chilblains are caused by exposure of extremities such as fingers, ears, nose, and, especially, feet and toes to cold and damp, causing the skin to become tender, painful, and intensely itchy. People with sensitive skin or poor circulation are most vulnerable, especially those who smoke (nicotine reduces circulation in the skin).

Ginger and has a yearn record of permit in habitual Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) Chinese herbalistsmonly rmend this "hot" herb to investigate conditions involving difficulties with distant including the distant fingers caused by Raynaud's.

Conventional treatment of Raynaud’s will include treatment of the underlying condition (in Secondary Raynaud’s) as well as medications to reduce the frequency of attacks and prevent tissue damage. These medications work mostly on the principle of dilating the blood vessels in order to prevent the symptoms of Raynaud’s. In severe cases surgery on the nerves in the hands and feet may be performed.

To help sort out the problem, you can consider using nutritional compounds to assist with this. Raynaud's disease can be classified as one of two types: primary (or idiopathic) and secondary (also called Raynaud's phenomenon). Raynaud's disease affects a small percentage of Americans. Women are more likely than men are to have the disorder. It's more common in people who live in colder climates. Treatment of Raynaud's disease depends on its severity and the presence or absence of associated conditions. Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon may also be associated with exposure to vibrating tools such as jackhammers, which cause trauma to the hands and wrists. And it may be linked to certain drugs, such as chemotherapy agents, or to chemicals such as vinyl chloride.

If you use birth control pills, you may wish to switch to another method of contraception because these drugs affect your circulation and may make you more prone to attacks.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What's the Deal With Cold Hands and Feet?

cold mouse hand, cold hands, mouse hand warmer, heated computer mouse, heated mouse pad, heated keyboard pad, raynaud's cold hands Raynaud's Phenomenon is a strange disease affecting the hands, feet, and all other extremities. The blood vessels become constricted and poor circulation causes cold hands and feet. The hands turn color as illustrated in the photo. Raynaud's sufferers find it difficult to keep hands warm. We specialize in heated computer aids, a heated computer mouse, a heated mouse pad and a heated keyboard wrist/hand/arm pad. ValueRays Infrared Heated Computer Aids.



What's the Deal With Cold Hands and Feet?

It's Winter, and for many people, especially women, their hands and feet are always cold. The reason this happens is basically your body's way of surviving cold temps. When the thermometer level drops, your body tries to keep your core warm, where all your vital organs are. So the blood vessels in your extremities constrict and limit circulation to these parts of your body. The result is cold-to-the-touch fingers, hands, toes, feet, nose, and ears. The best thing to do is bundle up with warm clothes, exercise, or drink hot beverages to increase your body temperature.

If it's not cold where you live, then cold hands and feet could mean something else. To find out what then read more.

If you have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease such as history of smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, then cold hands and feet could also be a sign that there are blockages in the small blood vessels. Medications can help with this, or increasing your omega-3s.

If your fingers and toes are often cold and they turn a whitish color, then you may have Raynaud's Disease, which can be caused by cold weather or stress. If you're concerned about your hands and feet constantly being cold, then it can't hurt to make an appointment with your doctor.


The Chill Factor: Raynaud's Disease
from fitsugar

I was teaching a yoga class the other day, and when this woman took off her socks before class, her friend said, "What's up with your toes?" Her big toe and the toe next to it were completely whitish-green, and the others looked normal. She told us she had something called Raynaud's disease. It's a condition that most commonly affects your fingers and toes but can also affect your nose or ears. It makes them become numb and feel cool, and it's a response to cold temperatures or stress. It's really common in women and in people who live in colder climates.

It's not the same as frostbite, which happens when your tissues freeze and can permanently damage the affected area. With Raynaud's disease, arteries to your fingers and toes go into what's called a vasospasm, which constricts the blood vessels and temporarily limits the blood supply to those areas, causing them to turn pale. Once the spasms stop, the area may turn red, but then goes back to its normal coloring.

This condition may occur alone or may be caused by something else, such as lupus, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, thyroid disorders, genetics, or smoking. If you think you may have Raynaud's disease, make an appointment with your doctor to have it checked out.



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