What is 'vibration white finger'?

The early signs of vibration white finger (VWF) are occasional attacks when your fingertips turn white. The symptoms of VWF are usually triggered when your hands or body get cold or wet. Symptoms are usually mild at first. But a wider area may be affected if you continue to work with vibrating tools or machinery. During an attack, your fingers may also become numb. You may experience pins and needles.

An attack may end with the whiteness in your fingers turning deep red, which can be very painful.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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