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Difference Between Buergers Disease Raynauds Disease
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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 ...Read more
Different disease: They are very different. Hypothyroidism is an endocrine/ metabolic disease, often caused by an autoimmune condition called hashimoto's thyroiditis. Raynaud's is a vasospastic condition sometimes from autoimmune illness like lupus. What they share is trouble with cold. Raynaud's have very poor reactions to cold, spasms in blood vessels. Low thyroid also causes cold intolerance, by low metabolism.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (vasospasm leading to poor circulation in the fingers and toes), his doctors will look for the common causes such as autoimmune disorders, drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, etc... If no medical condition is found that is causing the symptoms, then the disorder is called "primary". If a condition is found, then the disorder is "secondary".See 1 more doctor answer
Spasm vs obstruction: Poor circulation is a general term but commonly refers to arterial insufficiency due to vessel obstruction which is most commonly atherosclerotic disease. Raynaud's is a condition of sympathetic disfunction that causes excessive and prolonged small vessel contraction.
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...See 1 more doctor answer
What is difference between raynaud and cyanosis? How do I know that I hv raynaud or something else? When it happens my finger tend to look bluish-grey
Raynauds is spasm: Raynaud's phenomenon is caused by a spasm in the vessels usually caused by exposure to cold. It starts with the finger tips, toes, tip of the nose, and or ears turning white. This is followed by a blue color (cyanosis). When the blood vessel relaxes the skin flushes as the blood rushes back in. 2 color changes are required for diagnosing raynauds. Cyanosis is is simply blue from lack oxygen.
I’ve heard lots of different names for raynaud’s – disease, phenomenon, syndrome – are they all the same?
Related & different: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (the symptom of vasospasm leading to poor circulation in the fingers and toes), his doctors will look for the common causes such as autoimmune disorders, drug side effects, hormonal imbalances, etc... If no medical condition is found that is causing the symptoms, then the disorder is called "primary". If a condition is found, then the disorder is "secondary".See 1 more doctor answer
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!See 2 more doctor answers
No special remedies: There are no special home remedies one can use to prevent or treat raynaud's symptoms, but things that keep one warm are helpful. Examples include: a well insulated home with the heater set at a warm temperature, a circulating hot-water system in which the water is hot right away from any faucet, not touching cold things that come out of the fridge, drinking warm soup, using down comforters, etc..See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
3 to 20%: So bone fide raynaud's phenomena ranges anywhere between 3-20% for women and 3-15% in men. The ranges are somewhat wide: interestingly, some estimates in france has been higher (~15%) than in the us (~5%). I feel that the more accurate number is closer to 5% worldwide though based on studies down thus far.
Gloves and. Meds!: Wearing gloves is essential in cold weather! An electric pocket warmer is useful! I favor the calcium channel blockers for use, but in lower doses, than treating bp! These drugs dilate arteries and prevent vasospasm with cold or anxiety quit well. I use Diltiazem the most in sustained release dosing only 1 x per/day.See 1 more doctor answer
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 prevent or treat symptoms. 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: First, contact your physician in order to evaluate underlying causes vs. Primary raynauds. Many of the agents used are related to the underlying diseases. With that said, the kinds of agents used are calcium channel blockers, topical nitrates, and local heat (battery powered heating gloves/socks.).
No: Tanning the skin is not known to alter raynaud's disease. Symptoms can be triggered by emotional stress and cold temperatures. During tanning, the temperature would be warm, and so would make raynaud's phenomenon less likely to occur at that time. Also, if being tanned makes one happier, there may be less emotional stress to trigger symptoms.See 1 more doctor answer
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