Fingers turning red and swollen

Over the past 6 months or so I've noticed that my fingers have become progressively more and more red, swollen and sensitive. Is this typical of Raynaunds? I know that I have it as evidenced by my fingers and toes turning white last winter.

Thanks, Faith

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  • Yes, but it is not constant. In Raynaud's there are changes in colour depending on how cold the extremeties are, but there is swelling and loss of sensitivity though it may vary from time to time. Are you sure that you have Raynaud's? Has it been confirmed? Are you being treated for it?
  • Mine get really red and swollen to. sometime it comes and goes and others it stays like that until they end up going blue or what every colour they feel like that day.
  • Mine do this around the cuticles all the time, I try to keep them soft as possible with some oily creams and cotton gloves at night. It is do to the poor circulation from the Raynauds I am told. In my case it doesn't matter what the temperature is they just go this way. Have been having a terrible time with them lately. It is very painful, I hope you find something to help yours.
  • Do you have a rheumatologist? I don't know but you may need Iloprost. Anyway it needs to be treated with more than cream it seems.
  • I have Renauds. My fingers are red and swollen too and have been since the weather turned cooler in August. The tips of my fingers hurt and have little patches on them that resemble frost bite. I use moisturiser and chilblain cream and try to keep my hands warm, but activities like getting things out of the freezer are a problem.
  • Do you keep your body warm as well as your hands. I have special freezer gloves to get things out of the freezer, but I have found that getting somebody else to get things out is better because the thick gloves make my diminished sensitivity in my hands worse. I go very quickly through the freezer department in supermarkets.
  • I call my fingers sausage fingers sometimes. This is very common. I agree about seeing a rheumatologist.
  • Hello there YES I have the same problem - sausage fingers - or banana hands on a bad day :( the chilblains are popping up already - do you suffer with these ? ! :))
  • Funnily enough, AliW, this is the first year that my toes have been itchy and I wondered if I was getting chillblains. I haven't had them since I was a child. The weather forecast is warmer for next week, but I heard they are expecting snow in Oct/Nov, so I don't know whether to book myself in for iloprost in advance of the cold weather. What does anyone else think?
  • Get yourself booked in for Iloprost. I'm going for mine tomorrow, not something to look forward too, but as I've been cold over the summer, I'm hoping it will help.
  • Has anybody had cervical, and lumbar sympathectomies, for their Reynauds?.....I had mine done, in SA, many years ago, and apart from the extreme skin dehydration, it is almost miraculous!!......I had freezing extremities, even with chillblains, in the Durban heat of over 30 deg centigrade!!......I also suffered from hyperhidrosis, and the surgery helped 100% with both conditions.
  • Thanks Yorky, though it's brilliant sunshine outside today!!
  • Do your fingers radiate heat from them when they are red & swollen? Do they go red without any Raynaud's attacks first? If so, & especially if it's usually in the evening that your fingers go very red & swollen, take photo's of them & go along to your GP with the photo's. You could well have Erythromelalgia although I hope for your sake you don't. I have it really bad & never go a single day without it flaring up & it's agony. Get yourself to your GP & keep on going especially if there's a locom standing in, they see something new like this & they will refer you to a hospital for further tests. That's what happened to me. Good Luck!
  • I know what you mean
  • my fingers go numb dark red then purple with severe joint pain then totally white then back to purple then red pins and needles chill banes then normal when heated same with toes good luck

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