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Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Overview)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others may have different criteria


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Is raynaud's disease genetic?

Is raynaud's disease genetic?

Sometimes: Raynaud's phenomenon has been seen with a number of conditions, including some that are genetically linked. Causes? Scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and mixed connective tissue disease, hormone imbalance (hypothyroidism and carcinoid), trauma (frostbite, vibrating tools), medications (propranolol [inderal], Estrogens without additional progesterone, bleomycin [bleoxane] (chemotherapy). ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
274 doctors shared insights

Raynaud's Disease (Overview)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others may have different criteria


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What organ system(s) are impacted by raynaud's disease?

What organ system(s) are impacted by raynaud's disease?

None to many!: It depends on whether it is raynaud's phenomena, or raynaud's associated with a ctd. With scleroderma, it is the most common first symptom! obviously, raynaud's of the kidneys and heart are serious. See a rheumatologist who will perform nail fold capilaroscopy! ...Read more

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Dr. Kirk Charles Dr. Charles
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Raynaud's disease (Tip)

Raynaud's is worse in winter. Wear mittens to conserve heat. Keep hands covered for 5 min inside. ...See more

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Is raynaud's disease harmful?

Is raynaud's disease harmful?

Yes: Over time, raynaud's symptoms in the fingers and toes will result in atrophy (shrinkage) of the skin, muscles, and whatever else is in the fingers and toes. The damage is due to lack of nutrients and lack of oxygen when the vasospasm occurs. In severe cases, gangrene (tissue death) of parts of the fingers and toes can occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Nolan Dr. Nolan
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Raynaud's disease (Tip)

Without concomitant vascular occlusive disease raynaud's patients rarely suffer tissue loss (ulcers). ...See more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
Once
Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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What are the symptom associated with raynaud's disease?

What are the symptom associated with raynaud's disease?

Cold digits: Pale, white, grey or bluish (cyanotic) coloring of the fingers or toes. Sometimes the nose, lips or earlobes are affected. Pain, throbbing, burning or numbness in fingers, toes, nose, lips or earlobes. Unusually cold hands and feet. ...Read more

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Why would celiacs disease cause Raynaud's phenomenon?

Why would celiacs disease cause Raynaud's phenomenon?

Uncertain, but: It is known that celiac dz is associated w autoimmune diseases (antibodies against one's own tissues, eg diabetes-I).A letter in the Scandinavian Journal of Rheum in 2010 reported evidence of scleroderma-like activity in celiac disease. Raynaud's is found in cases of scleroderma, an auto-immune disease that causes scarring that can impede blood flow to fingers. 2010, Vol. 39, No. 5 , Pages 438-43 ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
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Raynaud's disease (Tip)

Protect the skin from cold exposure at all times. Also never use tobacco protects as nicotine makes. ...See more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
Once
Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
Once
Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
Once
Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
Once
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What can I do to help offset the symptoms of raynaud's disease?

What can I do to help offset the symptoms of raynaud's disease?

Avoid cold, triggers: Other than treating the underlying condition(s) causing raynaud's symptoms, avoiding emotional stress, keeping warm, not smoking, and avoiding caffeine, some medications can help. Nifedipine, diltiazem, losartan, and prazosin have been used in patients with raynaud's phenomenon, to block vasospasm and/or relax vessels so they can dilate to let more blood flow through them. ...Read more

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Raynaud's disease (Tip)

Protect the digits by wearing mittens and warm socks. If smoking, stop. Perhaps decrease caffeine. ...See more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
daily
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What causes raynaud's disease?

What causes raynaud's disease?

Not known: Typically a prolonged small blood vessel spasm in response to stress or cold exposure. May improve with medication, but, generally is treated conservatively with rare problems arising. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

Is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

Not necessarily: The raynaud's and scleroderma association in the U.K. States that raynaud's disease is more common in teens and young adults, especially teen girls and young women. The majority of patients resolve their symptoms in their twenties. (probably the approximately 10% of cases who have secondary conditions causing raynaud's will continue to have symptoms unless their secondary disorders are resolved.). ...Read more

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Raynaud's disease (Tip)

Blue, white, and red. Colors may come and go. Stress, sleep, no more. ...See more

Dr. Benjamin Lerner Dr. Lerner
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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
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Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
Daily
Dr. Katharine Cox
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Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

A condition that causes some areas of the body — such as the fingers and toes — to get decreased blood circulation and to feel numb and cold in response to ...Read more