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What's the Difference Between Primary and Secondary Raynaud's?

3 Comments26 January 2023

At, we're committed to helping those with Raynaud's, and while we stock plenty of products to provide warmth and comfort, often the most important first step is proper education. This guide gives you the breakdown on Raynaud's, explaining what it is, what the different types are and what products you can buy to help tackle the condition this winter.

What's Covered in This Guide?

What Is Raynaud's Disease?

Raynaud's disease, also known as Raynaud's syndrome and Raynaud's phenomenon, is the result of over-sensitive blood vessels in the extremities of the body. Most often experienced in the hands, feet, fingers and toes, the condition causes your extremities to feel cold, often resulting in pain, discomfort and an unsettling purple or white colouring. Raynaud's comes in two different forms: primary and secondary.

What Is Primary Raynaud's?

Primary Raynaud's is the most common form of the condition and is a form of the disease that occurs without a link to another disease or condition. What causes the condition is largely a mystery, however the main cause is likely hereditary and is triggered by a disruption in the part of the nervous system that controls blood vessels. Women are more likely to get the condition than men and it is more common among people who live in colder climates.

What Is Secondary Raynaud's?

Secondary Raynaud's is Raynaud's whereby the cause is caused by an underlying medical condition such as scleroderma, lupus, arthritis, heart disease, carpal tunnel syndrome or frostbite. Other factors can also come into play, such as smoking or your line of work. For example, workers who use mechanical machinery and tools without the proper PPE can suffer from a vibration-caused form of Raynaud's called Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS.

Which Parts of the Body Does Raynaud's Syndrome Affect?

Raynaud's is common in the extremities of your body. The most common place is in your hands, where your fingers can quickly feel the cold. Changes in temperature can lead to your hands turning white, which can be countered by using gloves, hand warmers and more.

How to Protect Raynaud's in the Hands

The second most common place to suffer from Raynaud's is in your feet. Thankfully, special thermal socks can be used to keep your feet warm even in freezing temperatures and you can even buy warming insoles that prevent your feet from getting cold in the first place.

How to Prevent Raynaud's in Feet

Lastly, getting Raynaud's in the toes can be common as well. Should you get your shoes wet, then often your toes will be the first to succumb. Cold toes are among the most difficult parts of your body to keep warm, but our range of insoles for Raynaud's are designed to help out.

How to Prevent Raynaud's in Toes

What Products Can I Buy for Raynaud’s?

Thankfully, there is help at hand. If you suffer from Raynaud's we sell a wide number of gloves, socks, blankets, insoles, hand warmers, and more, designed to combat Raynaud's and help you stay warm this winter. 

Products for Your Hands

We sell a wide number of products for your hands, including gloves, mittens and even fingerless gloves for typing in a chilly office. Below, are two of our top selling Raynaud's gloves. 

Raynaud's Disease Fingerless Silver Gloves

Raynaud's Disease Fingerless Silver Gloves

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  • 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

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  • 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

Products for Your Feet

If you suffer from Raynaud's in your feet, then check out our Raynaud's socks, heated socks and special insoles. Below are two of our most popular foot products for Raynaud's. 

Raynaud's Deluxe Silver Socks

Raynaud's Deluxe Silver Socks

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  • 12% silver fibre reflects heat
  • Soft & comfortable, no inner seams
  • Can help prevent fissures & dry skin
  • Ideal for preventing Raynaud's in feet
Pedag Viva Winter Raynaud's Insoles

Pedag Viva Winter Raynaud's Insoles

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  • Foot support with three layer thermal shield
  • Aluminium underside to aid in heat retention
  • Super soft pure wool for comfort and warmth
  • Slots into shoe to remove forefoot, arch and heel pain

Products for Your Home

For many Raynaud's sufferers, a quick drop in temperature can lead to an attack, meaning that it's important to have a quick fix in the house. Here at, we have plenty of items around the house, including blankets, body warmers and heat pads available. Below, are two of our best selling items for use around the home. 

Beurer HD 75 Warm Electric Blanket

Beurer HD 75 Warm Electric Blanket

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  • Heated overblanket with fleece fibre surface
  • Ideal if you want to stay warm while saving on heating
  • Full-body warmth for sufferers of Raynaud's Disease
  • Supplied with a 3-year manufacturer's warranty
HomeGlow B-Warm Heated Seat Cover

HomeGlow B-Warm Heated Seat Cover

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  • Stay cosy in your seat when the temperature drops
  • Produces a controlled heat to keep you comfortable
  • Costs less than 1p per hour to use
  • Easy operation - set up and use within minutes

Products for Your Commute

If you're on the move, you want something that can quickly warm your hands on the go. Electronic Handwarmers can very quickly warm your hands, whether you're on your commute, camping in the cold or on a winter walk. Below are two items that are ideal for keeping hands warm on the commute.

Hotteeze Hand Warmer

Hotteeze Hand Warmer

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  • Fast-acting, easy-to-use hand warmer
  • Helps to alleviate the symptoms of Raynaud's disease
  • Provides warmth for up to 10 hours
  • Ultra-thin and odourless for discreet use
HotRox Double-Sided Electronic Handwarmer with Power Bank Function

HotRox Double-Sided Electronic Handwarmer with Power Bank Function

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  • 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

Conquer Your Raynaud's

Now that you know a little more about Raynaud's and have figured out which category you fall into, you can start tackling the issue head on. At, we stock a wide range of products to keep you warm and comfortable through all seasons of the year. Whether you're looking for gloves and warmers to keep your hands warm, or socks and insoles to keep your feet cosy, we'll have everything you're after and more. 

Do you want to learn more about how we can help you conquer Raynaud's Disease? Leave a comment below, or get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Beth Jones
23 October 2018  |  5:31

will raynauds get worse as I get older

Colin Robinson
18 October 2019  |  19:46

Any information would ne extremely helpful,thank you

Eileen Bardoe
11 March 2023  |  16:53

My daughter & I both have this. It is heredity on the female side of the family. Have traced it back to Great Great Great Grandma. My son does not have it. Have only just found your website. Found it very useful

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