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#1 Karenlee

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 07:29 AM

Hi everyone...I have a question regarding raynauds episodes. I wear gloves pretty much everywhere. Sometimes even at home. Today I went grocery shopping with gloves on and still had a raynauds episode. Can anyone recommend a certain type of glove that is more effective like maybe a sports type glove that has a heating element in it? Has anyone seen something of the sort?

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:33 AM

Hi Karenlee, I have yet to find a glove that keep my hands warm, although haven't tried any of the heated ones. Mittens are meant to be better but I find it hard to function in them! My tops tips are:
1. make sure your hands are warm before you put gloves on as otherwise they just seem to keep the cold in
2. Pre-warm the gloves on a radiator
3. I find a thin pair of silver gloves ( which I get from the UK Raynauds assoc.) worn under a pair of sport windproof gloves is the most effective.
4. Disposable handwarmers are wonderful- I like to go to watch football but is deadly for my hands. The disposable handwarmers worn inside gloves keep my hands really warm (they last for 7 hours). Unfortunately are too expensive to use on a daily basis but are good if you are going to be outside for any length of time.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 08:47 AM

Hi Karen, Nice name ;)

First off, mittens work way better than gloves. In gloves, your fingers don't have each other next to them to help warm them. Don't bother. I buy by the bulk glove warmers, like hunters use. They are little rectangular packets, and I carry them everywhere. At school I put them in my pockets and when I get cold, put my hand in my pockets. They do make battery operated gloves, but I found them to be too cumbersome and heavy, you have to use 9 volt batteries! Plus, they never really got warm enough for me. You can google "battery gloves" and search. Good luck, unfortunately, I'm an expert at this. Oh, and ask someone else in the family to food shop with you to get the cold and frozen foods! :)
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 04:18 PM

Hey guys!

I use those thin dollar store gloves, one size fits all, and then a pair of mittens over that. so my hands seem to stay pretty warm when I'm out and about.

Hope that helps!

#5 Karenlee

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:42 AM

Hey everyone, thanks for the advice. Funny that mittens never even occured to me. I figured that gloves were better because each finger is covered, but you learn something new everyday on here. B)

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 01:02 PM

Hi Karen ,

I bought Gareth a pair of mittens in Nov that had a small pouch on the inside that held a bag of beans (or something like that!!!). You heat the bag in the microwave and, then, put them into the pocket of the mittens. He loved them!!! I thought they smelled kind of funny but he liked the warmth. I can look for a pair for you if you want. They were at the local bargain discount outlet store.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 09:40 PM

Karen I wear a pair of silver gloves with sheep skin mittens on top, it does help to keep my hands warm but they are rather clumsy when out shopping. I also do all the things Lizzie says.
I also have the hand warmers (outdoor shops) that you place a small piece of charcoal in and it burns away - they last about 6 hours, the only thing is they do smell a little but who cares if you stay warm!

Jensue

#8 Karenlee

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 01:15 AM

Thanks Margaret and Jensue. Now that you mention it, my Dad used to play golf (rain, shine, cold, hot lol) and he used to keep handwarmers in his front pockets so maybe I'll make a trip to the golf outlet. I'm also going to pick up some mittens.

Spring is almost here! :)

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 01:57 AM

Okay! I have an inexpensive tip to keep your little pinkies nice and warm. Place a couple of potatoes in the microwave and then wrap them up in tin foil or a small plastic bag. Put them in your pockets. They will keep warm for quite a long time and if you get peckish you can eat them!

I wear a pair of thin gloves and then mittens over the top -- that way if I have to take my mittens off to do something, my fingers stay warm.
Other than that -- it's the hand dryers I head for if outdoors which are situated in most public places.

Hope this helps

Best wishes
Barbara xxx

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:24 AM

Hi, Barb - love the potatoes idea. Just might try that one.

We were out for an appointment in Glasgow on Thursday and I made a visit to the public toilets in the train station. It seems they had installed a new 'improved' version of the hand driers which amounted to placing your hands up and down through a slot formed by two fairly strong jets of air. Yes, it dried the hands more quickly, but even though the air was warm, the force against my hands actually brought on a Raynaud's attack. I won't be using those again! I usually carry a dry facecloth in the bottom of my bag to use when there is nothing else.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:41 AM

I like the way you think Barb...I'm always up for a snack :P

Thanks for all your ideas everyone. Going to get mittens today and hand warmers.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 03:25 AM

Liked the tip about the potatoes Barbara- sound perfect for the footie watching.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 04:31 AM

Karenlee,
Coming in on this one late, but wanted to share a page we have on Heatsocks. Heatsocks are grain-filled socks that can be used for heating pads for the hands, feet, and bed. There are directions on how to make them and use them. Just click on Heatsocks.

Like the others, I wear mittens A LOT. When I go out I slip one of those commercial warm packs inside the gloves. I love all the ideas you've received. Going to need to try a couple myself. :)

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 05:26 AM

That's a gret tip Carrie! There's nothing worse than using public conveniences and finding that the dryers don't work or they're freezing.
Recently, I went to the local market and needed to use the toilets. There was a long que and an equally longer one when I came out. The dryers were broken -- it was a freezing cold day and the paper towels had run out! Needless to say I headed for home rather quickly afterwards because my hands were so cold and my feet were dead.

I'll be taking a face cloth with me next time!

Best wishes
Barbara xxx

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:47 PM

I'll let you in on an old tennis trick. Most of us wear socks. Tennis players sometimes use their socks to wipe dampness off their hands. When in restrooms and you don't have toweling or the dryers don't work or you don't want to wait for them to thoroughly dry your hands, you can wipe them on your socks. Or use your wet fingertips under the cuff of an ancklet. They are cleaner than most things in a publix restroom. Sheryl
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#16 Karenlee

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Posted 31 March 2008 - 02:25 AM

All great suggestions guys! Thanks.

I went out and bought a fleece steering wheel cover for my car. It looks silly but I tell ya, it's super warm and comfy. You know the steering wheel can make your hands cold even with gloves on, so this really helps.