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I have raynauds. What is the big deal?

I have raynauds. What is the big deal?

Are you sure: Raynaud's is related to the contraction of the vessels in the fingers, toes in response to cold or stress or both. In can also occur in internal vessels like those to the heart or the kidney. All of these can be a big deal and can lead to blocked vessels in the fingers = gangrene; heart or kidney = damage. Why you have raynaud's is important to these outcomes. You need this diagnosed. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

Raynaud's disease is a disease of the small blood vessels. Triggers such as cold temperatures causes vasospasm of the blood vessels and thus decrease blood flow. Fingers classically turn white, then blue, then red ...Read more


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How do you deal with raynauds disease?

How do you deal with raynauds disease?

Keep warm and Ca++ : Calcium channel blockers are the most common medication that physicians use to treat the symptoms of raynauds. The main drawback is the side effects from these medicines. Keeping your hands and feet warm remains the best treatment. ...Read more

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How do I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter?

How do I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter?

Gloves: Mittens are best bit mainly keep your hands warm. Sometimes medications like Nifedipine can help. ...Read more

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How can I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter on a farm?

How can I deal with raynaud's disease in the winter on a farm?

Always plan ahead: Cold temperatures are a main cause of raynaud's phenomenon, so cold weather can trigger symptoms. If a person has only mild symptoms, he can keep his hands, feet, face, and ears warm with well-insulated clothing. Gadgets such as heated gloves and heated socks from winter sports stores may help. Never getting lost, using portable heaters, pre-warming the car, keeping dry, etc..., are helpful ideas. ...Read more

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Why is my big toenail dark blue from the cuticle up? About 6 weeks ago, my toenail started getting a dark-blue spot. My sister, who is a nurse, told me it might be raynaud's syndrome, a bruise, or a sign that my toenail is regrowing itself a replacement.

Why is my big toenail dark blue from the cuticle up? About 6 weeks ago, my toenail started getting a dark-blue spot. My sister, who is a nurse, told me it might be raynaud's syndrome, a bruise, or a sign that my toenail is regrowing itself a replacement.

First : First of all, let me thank you for posting pictures! it will make any answer given here more accurate and informative. Given the well-defined margins in the picture, it's unlikely melanoma. But... Since the incidence of melanoma has skyrocketed, out pacing any other form of cancer, and given that melanoma is a particularly deadly cancer, the safest advice i can give you is to have the nail bed biopsied. It's no big deal to do this, and won't keep you off your feet, and you'll rest easy knowing you're ok. In my 32 years of practice, I have seen melanoma in the foot only twice, but in each time, it was under the big toenail. Also, a nice benefit from having your nail bed biopsied is the toenail needs to be removed in order to do it. If it's just a collection of blood under there, removing the toenail will clear it, and you will re-grow another nail that will look just as lovely as your nail used to look before this black thing showed up. A podiatrist or dermatologist can do the biopsy. Please have this done. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have sle lupus and suffer from raynauds. Now I have a ulcer on my big toe, any tips on how to treat it at home?

I have sle lupus and suffer from raynauds. Now I have a ulcer on my big toe, any tips on how to treat it at home?

This is serious: And you should see a foot doc. This should not be treated by you. You can get a bone infection and lose your toe if that injury is not treated properly. ...Read more

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How common is raynaud's disease?

How common is raynaud's disease?

Pretty common: Raynaud's disease is not actually a disease. It is symptoms of pain, coldness and color changes in hands and/or feet with no known cause. However, it is frequently seen with a variety of other diseases such as collagen diseases and thoracic outlet syndrome. When a cause is found it is called raynaud's phenomenon. Treatment is mainly protect the hands and feet when exposed to cold environment. ...Read more