The main symptoms attributed to VWF (Vibration White Finger) can be seen in your fingers. The fingers will turn numb and become white; they may even get spasms due to a loss of blood supply to the fingers. Thankfully for most people the condition is not so severe and causes only minor discomfort. However this is not true in all cases as VWF can cause skin ulcers, gangrene and a lot of pain.
Picking up small objects such as pens or pins become a problem as the feeling in the fingers decreases. There will also be a loss of strength and grip in the hands, a constant pain, tingling or numbness in the fingers and hands and wrists can cause deep discomfort, especially when trying to sleep.
Some of the main symptoms to look out for include:
Pins and needles
If you do find yourself with any of these symptoms it’s advisable that you seek immediate medical advice. If you are awaiting treatment for Vibration White Finger there are a few things that could help you:
Keep your hands warm as it helps stops spasms and improves the circulation.
Ask your doctor about any prescribed medication that can be taken straight away to ease the symptoms.
Steer clear of the original cause of your Vibration White Finger. If you contracted the disease by using vibrating tools, more vibration will cause even more damage.
Stop smoking as tobacco causes the blood vessels to constrict even further, causing even more damage to your fingers.
Drink hot drinks to help you keep warm.
Eat small healthy meals to keep up your energy.
Undertake regular exercise which will help improve your circulation.
Avoid wearing tight clothes or jewelry which may restrict the blood flow. Cover your hands and feet with a blanket to keep them warm.
Wet clothes will reduce your body temperature, so if you get caught in the rain try to change your clothes as soon as you can.