HALTON people who suffer from a disease dubbed 'blue hand syndrome' are being offered help in the form of an information pack to put people in the picture about the condition.
Raynaud's Disease, a condition of circulatory problems in which blood flow to the extremities shuts down due to small changes in temperature could affect up to one sixth of Halton's population and there are an estimated 10million sufferers in the UK, almost twice the number of asthmatics.
The condition means sufferers often have to wear winter clothing all year round as even a cool breeze on a hot summer's day can cause fingers and toes to turn white, blue then finally red and turn numb, as the blood vessels shut down.
There is no known cure for the condition but its severity varies from case to case.
It is up to nine times more common in women than men and even simple tasks such as tying shoelaces or fastening buttons can leave patients in pain, described as similar to frostbite.
The Raynaud's and Scleroderma Association has published a leaflet called 'Handy Hints' which suggests ways to ward off Raynaud's attacks. For a free information pack, call the Raynaud's and Scleroderma Association on 0800 917 2494 or visit www.raynauds.org.uk