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What is Raynaud’s phenomenon, and if I have multiple sclerosis, how does it affect my hands and feet?

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MS may make blood vessels in your hands and feet overreact to low temperatures. If you have MS, you could get Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition in which your fingers and toes lose heat. They turn from white to blue to red as blood begins flowing again. You may feel numbness, pain, or like someone is sticking you with pins and needles. To protect your hands and feet, wear hand warmers or use a heating pad -- but don’t put the heating pad directly on your skin. It could cause burns or blisters.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Heat and Temperature Sensitivity.”

Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Hot and cold – the effects of temperatures on MS.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 26, 2020

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Heat and Temperature Sensitivity.”

Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Hot and cold – the effects of temperatures on MS.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 26, 2020

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