Everything you need to know about Louise Minchins secret health condition

I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! returned to our screens on Tuesday night, after having to cancel three live shows over the weekend.

The ITV series was cancelled after Storm Arwen wrecked havoc on Gwrych Castle, leaving the TV set looking like "a war zone", with the extreme weather causing substantial damage.

Celebrity contestants were removed from the camp and placed back into the individual quarantine facilities that they stayed in prior to entering the reality show.

There's no doubt celebs weren't in a rush to return to the castle, having enjoyed a small dose of luxury after enduring nearly a week in camp.

However, it's been revealed that this year's contestants have got one luxurious item with them – hand warmers!


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It has been claimed that production staff have acquired quick-heating "bean bags" for campmates to use, but they will be hidden in hessian sacks to ensure that they blend into the background of the castle ruins.

This year's oldest campmates, Arlene Phillips, 78, is said to be using one to stay warm, while former BBC Breakfast host Louise Minchin will also be opting to keep her hands toasty.

Louise, 53, suffers from Raynaud's Syndrome, which causes decreased blood flow to the fingers and toes prompting numbness.

The condition can be triggered by being out in cold temperatures, or stress, and causes the affected areas to turn white and blue. In some cases, it can compromise blood circulation to the ears, knees, and nose also.

When blood flow eventually returns to a normal state, the skin turns red and can throb or tingle, leaving sufferers uncomfortable or in pain.

Prior to entering the castle, Louise told The Sun: “I feel the cold really badly, I have this thing called Raynaud’s Syndrome, which means my hand and feed go numb very quickly, even in supermarkets. So cold is a big thing for me.”

While she'll no doubt be happy with the hand warmers, Louise was already prepared ahead of her stint in the castle.

Speaking about the luxury item she selected to take in with her, she added: “I’m really delighted with my luxury item.

“I have brought with me a fluffy hot water bottle that actually belongs to my daughter. So not only is it going to be very helpful to keep me warm, but it’ll also remind me of home.”

Speaking about the decision to offer hand warmers, a source told The Sun: "Bosses know this is a programme where there's an expectation from the viewers that the celebs aren't in a holiday camp.

"But equally, they have a duty of care to them, particularly the older, more vulnerable contestants. Not everyone will choose to use a heater, but they are there if they are wanted."

I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues at 9pm on ITV.

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