Raynaud's Syndrome

Some of the arteries that bring blood to the skin become thinner as a result of the condition, which negatively influences blood flow in these areas. This aspect of the condition is known as a vasoconstriction. Women are more likely to develop this condition than men are, and it’s more likely to affect people who live in colder areas than it is for those in warmer areas.

When a person puts their hands in cold water or takes a cold item out of the freezer, it can trigger an episode.

In order to keep from having cold fingers and toes, it’s good to wear warm clothing during the winter months. Putting on extra layers of clothing, such as gloves and socks will help out a lot. When taking out cold items in the freezer, wear gloves. When washing dishes and showering, never use cold water. Even in the summertime, always use warm to hot water.

How Is Raynaud’s Disease Diagnosed?

If your doctor suspects you have Raynaud’s phenomenon, she will ask you some questions about your symptoms and examine your fingers and toes. Your doctor might also use a special magnifying glass called a dermoscope to look at the blood vessels around your fingernails to see if they’re enlarged or misshapen.

Risk factors of Raynaud's disease

The cause of Raynaud’s disease is unknown. The risk factors for developing the disorder include:

Prevention

There is no way to prevent a person from developing Raynaud's. But once the disorder is present, the number of episodes of vasospasm can be reduced or even eliminated. To do so, avoid situations that can trigger events.  

To avoid vasospasm: 

Treatment:

Treatment is primarily aimed toward education and prevention. Information about avoiding cold or stress may be given, as well as more information about how to stop smoking. However, in some cases, the disease may progress to the point where medication may be required to help relieve symptoms.

Most people with primary Raynaud's disease do not need specific treatment. Their symptoms can be managed by avoiding triggering events as much as possible.  

An episode of vasospasm often can be stopped by warming the affected areas. Do this by going indoors or soaking fingers or toes in a bowl of warm (not hot) water.  

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