Raynaud’s is a condition in which blood is prevented from reaching the extremities of the body on exposure to the cold or any slight change in temperature.  A small number of people who have Raynaud’s also develop scleroderma, a disease which affects the connective tissue.

Scleroderma means hard skin but the hardness is not limited to the skin – the internal organs and their blood supply may become damaged. Scleroderma can be devastating not only for the person who had the condition but also for the families concerned.