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February is Raynaud's Awareness Month - Education and Empowerment for Better Understanding

February is Raynaud's Awareness Month - Education and Empowerment for Better Understanding

Feb 07, 2024 General Health


According to the SRUK, “Up to 10 million people in the UK have a form of Raynaud's and yet our research shows that nearly half of UK adults don’t know any of the signs of Raynaud’s disease”. Raynaud's is a vascular disorder affecting blood flow to certain body parts which is often triggered by exposure to cold or stress. 

Every year, throughout February, the UK observes Raynaud's Awareness Month. This initiative aims to educate and empower individuals, fostering a better understanding of the condition. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of Raynaud's Awareness Month and how you can get involved.


SRUK's Raynaud's February Awareness Campaign

Scleroderma & Raynaud's UK (SRUK) campaigns for better support, understanding and funding for Raynaud’s sufferers. One of their main focus points for 2024 is to organise more financial support in terms of heating bills. As the cold is the main trigger for Raynaud’s, the heating costs can be prohibitive, especially with energy prices being as they are.  Lobbying the Government to change the way that the criteria work for things such as the cost of living payment criteria can make a big difference if successful. 


Other Ways That SRUK and Raynaud’s Awareness Month Helps

Awareness days, months and events can have a hugely positive impact on those involved in them or the issues that are being highlighted.


Education and Awareness

The Raynaud's Awareness campaign offers comprehensive information about the condition, its symptoms, and potential triggers. Through educational materials, webinars, and awareness events, SRUK aims to dispel myths and ensure individuals can identify and manage Raynaud's effectively. This type of education helps both those with Raynauds and others such as those in charge of legislation.


Recognising Raynaud’s Symptoms

Understanding the symptoms of Raynaud's is crucial for early diagnosis and management. SRUK's campaign provides insights into the signs to look out for, such as colour changes in the fingers or toes, numbness, and tingling sensations or pins and needles. By recognising these symptoms, individuals can seek timely medical advice and support. 

While for some, flare-ups can be manageable, others might find them to be severe and lengthier. For anyone in this situation, prescription medication can be advised which can be ordered through us at Simply Meds Online and delivered directly to your door.


Empowering Communities

SRUK actively encourages individuals to share their experiences and connect with others facing similar challenges. This community-building aspect of the campaign creates a supportive network where individuals can find solace, advice, and inspiration. This kind of information sharing and support can make a huge difference to those with Raynaud’s and their families.


What Can You Do to Spread Awareness and Help Those With Raynauds

There are several ways you can actively participate in Raynaud's Awareness Month and show your support. For example, SRUK encourages supporters to get in touch with their MP to request financial support towards heating costs. Also, hosting a Catch up with a Cuppa, for example, is a great way to raise funds and let people know more about Raynaud’s’.
These are just a few of the ways that you can help……


Raise Awareness - Spread the Word

Use your social media network to share information about Raynaud's, the SRUK and the importance of awareness. Encourage friends and family to join the conversation and raise awareness collectively.


Could You Help With Fundraising

Consider organising or taking part in fundraising activities to support SRUK's initiatives. Whether it's a charity run, a virtual event, or donating, every contribution helps further research and support those affected by Raynaud's. While this isn’t possible for everyone, either for time or financial reasons, sharing news about events or donation links can help. 


Educate Yourself About Raynaud’s

Take the time to educate yourself about Raynaud's and its impact. This is important whether you or someone you know has Raynaud’s or not. A deeper collective understanding of the condition can contribute to a more informed and empathetic society. It can also contribute to the change in legislation and support. 


Raynauds - In Conclusion

Raynaud's Awareness Month serves as a vital reminder of the challenges faced by individuals living with this condition. Here at Simply Meds Online we are keen to help raise awareness and support those who need it. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by this vascular disorder.

If you are concerned that you may have Raynaud’s or have been diagnosed and are struggling with symptoms, please see your GP for support.

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