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My fingers turn white in the cold weather and then go purple and then normal colour. Can be quite painful please help?

My fingers turn white in the cold weather and then go purple and then normal colour.   Can be quite painful     please help?

Raynaud's: This is a classic presentation for raynaud's phenomena. It is disease where the peripheral arteries of the hand will spasm in response to temperature changes. Raynauds can be associated with an underlying medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, or many times is an isolated entity. There are medicines that are used to control symptoms if sufficiently symptomatic - and rarely surgery. ...Read more

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Raynaud's Phenomenon (Definition)

Raynaud's disease is a primary vasospastic process that usually involves the fingers or toes and is worsened by cold, stress, vibration. Raynaud's phenomena is assoc. With other collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, etc. It is a vasospastic process that compounds the microvascular occlusive disease present in some ...Read more

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My fingers turn white when i get cold and I have a lump on my wrist - could this be carpel tunnel? Nothing hurts yet - i sleep on my hands too.

Not typical: White fingers are not at all typical of carpal tunnel. They would be more associated with a vascular or rheumatological condition. ...Read more

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Managing Raynaud's Disease (Checklist)

Stop smoking
Once
Avoid caffeine
Once
Avoid handling ice or cold foods with bare hands
Once
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Can bactrim cause raynaud's phenomenon? I had a severe allergic reaction a couple weeks ago and now have one finger that turns white and tingly/numb.

Can bactrim cause raynaud's phenomenon?  I had a severe allergic reaction a couple weeks ago and now have one finger that turns white and tingly/numb.

Don't think so. : Raynauds is an auto-immune disorder, meaning your body is producing the reaction from the inside. I have never heard of Bactrim causing it. ...Read more

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Managing Raynaud's Disease (Checklist)

Find out if there is a serious underlying cause
Once
Don't smoke
Once
Avoid cold, especially frostbite
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Avoid activity that jangles nerves (vibration, chronic use syndromes)
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Can raynaud's phenomenon ever be truly dangerous, to the point of losing fingers or toes?

Can raynaud's phenomenon ever be truly dangerous, to the point of losing fingers or toes?

Yes: In severe cases of raynaud's gangrene may develop in the finger tips and toes. This is often related to concomitant nicotine abuse and is seen in patients with severe scleroderma. It should be emphasized this is not a common occurrence. ...Read more

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What causes raynaud's phenomenon? My friends hands turn comp blue with the slightest bit of cold. Doc said it was just rs and was ok

OK?: 7% of woman have raynaud's phenomenon. Most occurs in isolation, but workup is required to assure not part of a larger problem. This does not just mean laboratory studies, but requires assessment by a knowledgable/experienced physician. ...Read more

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Managing Raynaud's Disease (Checklist)

Avoid cold weather
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Consult with a Board-Certified Vascular Surgeon
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Consult with a Rheumatologist
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What is the difference between raynaud's phenomenon and cold feet?

What is the difference between raynaud's phenomenon and cold feet?

Other cause possible: Raynaud's phenomenon is a well known cause of cold hands and feet due to spasm of blood vessels supplying blood to the hands or feet. Other conditions can decrease blood flow to the extremities, leading to cold hands and feet. A primary care doctor can evaluate for anemia, peripheral artery disease, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, smoking (nicotine), drug side effects, etc... ...Read more

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