As the cold weather sets in, most of us go in search of our gloves and fluffy socks to try and keep our extremities warm.
But feeling the cold in your fingers or toes could mean more than a change in the seasons, so it’s important to know when it could be sign of a more serious health condition.
Cold hands and feet
Raynaud's phenomenon is a common condition which affects more than 10,000 people in the UK. It makes your fingers and toes change colour and become very painful in cold weather. Fingers can go white, then blue, then red, and throb and tingle. It's a sign of poor circulation in the small blood vessels of the hands and feet.
Most people can manage the condition themselves and don’t require medication, and there’s plenty you can do to help if you do have the condition. Caffeine and smoking can both worsen symptoms so, if you suffer from Raynaud’s, you should avoid these. And you should always wear warm gloves, socks and shoes when going out in cold weather.