I am new to this site and live in the States. I am a former smoker and switched to Nicorette (nicotine replacement gum) which I used for 6 years. I got addicted to the gum and used it often. I am not here to judge any smokers since I also smoked. I am just wondering what the relationship is between Raynaud's and nicotine use. I think there has to be a connection. I ended up with a serious staph infection 3 months ago from my foot ulcers becoming infected. The States does not approve Illoprost for Raynaud's but I found a fantastic Rheumatologist who made sure I got the Illoprost infusion while I was hospitalized with the staph infection. That infusion has made all the difference. I've made it through the remainder of the winter without ulcers on my feet/hands. I also gave up Nicorette and continue to hope that will also prevent any more sores. Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.