A simple fingertip test could reveal if you are living with a little known condition
Do you suffer from unusually cold fingers or toes… do they change colour in the cold or if you are under stress… or do they become numb or tingle?
If you do, then you might be suffering from Raynauds a little known condition that affects the blood supply to the extremities.
This week (week beginning Monday 26 June) clinicians from the University of Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust will be staffing a mobile clinic in the city centre, testing people for Raynauds.
No appointment is necessary and the test is free. It takes 5 minutes and involves putting a finger under a special microscope to reveal the shape and size of the capillaries (blood vessels) under the skin.
The test will reveal if you have Raynaud's and if you do you will receive a referral to a specialist clinic for further tests.
The mobile clinic is being run in partnership with Scleroderma and Raynauds UK (SRUK), a charity which promotes greater awareness of the conditions. SRUK estimates one in ten people in Leeds are affected by Raynauds.
Twitter users can follow #GetTestedLeeds to find out more.
The mobile clinic will be in Briggate from Monday (26 June 26) to Sunday (2 July) and is open from 9am to 5pm.
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