We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more
You are here:

What is Raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud’s phenomenon can cause discomfort as the blood supply to your fingers or toes reduces if you’re cold or feeling stressed. The affected areas may change colour, usually to white, then blue, and then red.

You may find that you don’t experience all three stages. For example, your hands may simply go blue then red. These colour changes are often accompanied by pain or a tingling feeling. You may experience cold feet as well, and the tip of your nose may also feel uncomfortable and change colour in the cold.

Raynaud’s phenomenon can occur:

  • on its own (primary)
  • with another condition such as scleroderma or, less commonly, lupus (secondary).

Most people with primary Raynaud's won't go on to develop any further problems.


0800 5200 520

Our new helpline: Call us for free information, help and advice on your type of arthritis. Open Mon–Fri 9am–8pm.

All calls are recorded for training and quality purposes

Virtual Assistant

Our new Arthritis Virtual Assistant uses artificial intelligence to answer your arthritis related questions 24/7.

Ask a question
For more information, go to
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.