Get in touch!
Free UK Delivery on all orders over £40!

Purple Hands: Raynaudís Symptoms

10 November 2022  |  Seth

Raynaud's disease (also known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, Raynaud's syndrome or simply Raynaud’s) brings a unique set of symptoms for sufferers. If purple hands and swollen fingers sound familiar, you're in the right place. We've put this informative guide together to showcase our most tried, tested and effective solutions for combatting Purple Hands & Raynaud's Disease.

What Will This Guide Cover?

What Causes Purple Hands?

When the blood vessels in your extremities contract due to cold exposure, blood-flow to certain areas of the body (usually the fingers or toes) is drastically reduced. When this happens, your hands can start to turn purple due to a restricted oxygen supply. This is known as a Raynaud’s attack.

What Can Cause a Raynaud's Attack?

Raynaud’s attacks are typically triggered by exposure to cold temperatures or extreme stress. Because the spasms cut off blood flow to fingers, they first appear white and can look alarmingly lifeless.

Because of this reduced circulation, your hands will most likely feel numb and cold. If the fingers aren’t heated quickly enough, they typically turn blue, however in more severe cases they can turn purple. 

How Do I Prevent a Raynaud's Attack?

The best way to prevent purple hands and a Raynaud's attack is to heat your hands and wear the correct gloves before entering a cold environment. Thankfully, we've got a tonne of tried, tested and loved gloves for you to look at.

The Power of Silver Gloves

Raynaud's Silver Gloves contain 8% silver which helps trap heat, forcing 95% of the heat your hands generate back toward your body. Unrivalled in terms of their scope, Silver Gloves are used by Raynaud's sufferers around the world in some of the coldest climates, either as glove liners or as a top layer.

Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Silver Gloves

Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Silver Gloves

£29.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Deluxe silver gloves ideal for Raynaud's disease
  • Heat-retaining 12% silver thread keeps hands warm
  • Featuring antimicrobial and anti-static materials 
  • Also great for wearing as glove liners
Raynaud's Disease Fingerless Silver Gloves

Raynaud's Disease Fingerless Silver Gloves

£14.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Fingerless gloves that prevent Raynaud's Disease episodes
  • Fingerless design aids in dexterity, sensitivity and control
  • Infused in silver to prevent heat from escaping
  • Suitable also those with diabetes, infections, ulcers and more
Raynaud's Disease Silver Gloves

Raynaud's Disease Silver Gloves

£14.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Silver gloves ideal for Raynaud's disease
  • Heat-retaining silver thread keeps hands warm
  • Antimicrobial design for hygiene and freshness
  • Also great for wearing as glove liners

Hand Warmers and Purple Hands

Whether you prefer a traditional microwave heated handwarmer or a modern rechargeable option, hand warmers are an essential part of combatting the onset of numb, purple hands. Because gloves do not generate any heat on their own, it's vital your hands are warm before you put them on.

Hand warmers can also be kept in your pockets on those blisteringly cold mornings for an instant hit of soothing heat.

HotRox Double-Sided Electronic Hand Warmer and Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Silver Gloves Bundle

HotRox Double-Sided Electronic Hand Warmer and Raynaud's Disease Deluxe Silver Gloves Bundle

£56.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • HotRox Hand Warmer and Deluxe Silver Gloves
  • Ideal for preventing Raynaud's Disease
  • HotRox provides up to 6 hours of heat
  • Gloves help keep natural heat in
HotRox Double-Sided Electronic Handwarmer with Power Bank Function

HotRox Double-Sided Electronic Handwarmer with Power Bank Function

£32.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Dual heating plates for more effective heating
  • Provides heat for up to 6 hours
  • Instant heat at the touch of a button
  • Fits comfortably in the palm of your hand
Hotties Tartan Fleece Microwaveable Micro Hottie

Hotties Tartan Fleece Microwaveable Micro Hottie

£15.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Warming fleece heat pack to relieve the source of your pain
  • Ideal for providing targeted heat therapy and staying warm
  • Safely and easily heated in the microwave for extra comfort
  • Portable and slim design for use on different areas of the body
Hotties Pink Fleece Micro Hottie Microwavable Heat Pad

Hotties Pink Fleece Micro Hottie Microwavable Heat Pad

£13.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Warm and cosy microwaveable heat pad
  • Ideal for managing symptoms of Raynaud's disease
  • Made with soft and cuddly pink fleece
  • Reusable microwaveable thermal pack

What Makes the Hands Change Colour?

During a Raynaud's attack, the fingers and hand may first turn white because of the contracting of the blood vessels. This is caused by blood moving away from the skin’s surface, deeper into the centre of the fingers.

Your hands then turn purple because the oxygen in the blood is used up and the blood isn’t replaced as quickly as it should be. The redness and throbbing happens because the blood vessels have opened up again and moved closer to the skin, allowing blood to return to the fingers.

What Is Layering and How Does It Help?

Layering helps trap additional heat, which is vital for rejuvenating blood-flow and improving circulation to the hands. Over the years, our customers have found repeat success wearing a pair of bulky thermal gloves over the top of their Silver Gloves.

Ejendals Tegera 517 Thermal Waterproof Warm Winter Gloves

Ejendals Tegera 517 Thermal Waterproof Warm Winter Gloves

£9.79
In stock now  In stock now
  • Warm gloves with full protection against the elements
  • Ideal for those with Raynaud's on cold and wet days
  • Windproof and waterproof for all-weather warmth
  • Flexible and soft to allow full finger movement
Ejendals Tegera 295 Insulated Waterproof Winter Gloves

Ejendals Tegera 295 Insulated Waterproof Winter Gloves

£16.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Gloves to keep you warm and protected in the winter
  • Ideal for use by sufferers of Raynaud's disease
  • Winter-lined and waterproof for use in cold and wet conditions
  • Extremely good fingertip sensitivity for finger dexterity
Skytec Argon Thermal Water-Resistant Gloves

Skytec Argon Thermal Water-Resistant Gloves

£7.49
In stock now  In stock now
  • Pair of water-resistant and thermal gloves
  • Ideal for wearing in temperatures as low as -50°C
  • Water-resistant coating helps to keep your hands dry
  • Good dexterity perfect for gardening and outdoor work
Freezemaster FM2 II Waterproof Fleece Lined Gloves

Freezemaster FM2 II Waterproof Fleece Lined Gloves

From:  £21.99
In stock now  In stock now
  • Pair of thermal winter gloves
  • Offer protection against the cold and water
  • Extra thick design is ideal for Raynaud's sufferers
  • Choice of short cuff or long cuff for your preference

Primary or Secondary Raynaud’s?

Purple fingers during an attack of Raynaud’s could be a sign of secondary Raynaud’s – where the condition is caused by an underlying disease. This is because fingers only tend to go purple in more serious cases of Raynaud’s, and primary Raynaud’s (where the condition exists by itself) is generally very mild. 

In more severe cases of Raynaud’s, there are more risks of complications occurring, including ulcers and scarring developing on the affected fingers. 

Other Useful Pages

If you haven't quite found what you're looking for here, we have a tonne of other informational pages for you to take a look at.

The Last Word on Purple Hands and Raynaud's Disease

Whilst your hands turning purple can be alarming, it's comforting to know that there are solutions out there for preventing this happening all the time. If you’re interested in getting your hands on some gloves to help fend off Raynaud’s disease, check out our full range of Gloves and Silver Gloves.

If you think we've missed something or you'd like to get in touch to drop us a line, feel free to contact us using Twitter or Facebook!

Keeping you warm when it counts

Call our sales team on 020 7501 1107

0
basket: £0.00