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what is the treatment for raynaud's phenomenon?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Warmth and CA-block: Keeping hands warm and dry is the thing everyone should do. I think in terms of drug prophylaxis or for diminution in severity of the raynaud's, calcium channel blockers are the best therapeutic option. I favor Diltiazem over verapamil (less constipation and slowing of heart rate), and over Nifedipine and amlodipine (less edema). However, all are fine and work. Others may use nitroglycerine paste.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why should I see a doctor if you have a raynaud's vasospastic attack on just one side?

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Dr. Andras Perl
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
May be autoimmune: See a rheumatologist for work-up or exclusion of autoimmune disease.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between chillblains and raynaud's disease?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Care is the same: The prevention and treatment of chilblains (pernio, perniosis) and raynaud's are similar. Chilblains are itchy, tender spots or bumps, with a reddish or purplish color. The blood vessels in chilblains are damaged (vasculitis). The cause is cold-damage to the tissue (basically getting frostbite on a spot of skin), so chilblains happens in cold weather or very cold water exposure.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is a good treatment of raynaud's phenomenon?

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Avoid cold: Avoid cold exposure, breath through a muffler. Nifedipine xl may be needed.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have just recently been told that what to do if I have raynaud's phenomenon(not disease) and am wondering what treatment there is for it?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: You should be seen by a rheumatologist to determine if there are any underlying connective tissue disorders either present or more likely to occur in the future. If avoidance of cold is not sufficient, a calcium channel blocker such as nifedipine would be the next step.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are your treatment options for raynaud's phenomenon?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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See details: Cold exposure is major. Calcium channel blockers, especially nifedipine, are the primary meds. Sildenafil is indicated as the next option.

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