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Doctor insights on: Link Between Cigarettes Raynauds

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Is it okay to smoke cigarettes with raynaud's phenomenon?

Is it okay to smoke cigarettes with raynaud's phenomenon?

No: Nicotine in any form including smokeless tobacco tends to make raynaud's worse and in fact works against medications used to treat more chronic forms of the condition. The obvious health risks to smoking in general are obviously well documented. ...Read more

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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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Is there a link between raynaud syndrome and palpitations?

Is there a link between raynaud syndrome and palpitations?

Palpitations: There is no direct link between the syndrome and palpitations but it wouldn't be the least unusual for both to coexist in the same patient. ...Read more

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Does raynauds disease an scerloderma, link to lungs like upper lobe, and affect , heart, kidneys, brain, eyes, through blood vessels to brain and limbs?

Collagen Vascular Dx: Raynauds and scleroderma are likely collagen vascular disorders and overlaps amongst these disorders can cause vasculitis or inflamation of blood vessels in lungs and other organs. ...Read more

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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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How do I know whether I have primary or secondary raynaud’s?

How do I know whether I have primary or secondary raynaud’s?

Secondary has 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". ...Read more

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What is the treatment for raynaud’s?

What is the treatment for raynaud’s?

Hands & feet warm: Keep your hands and feet warm. When exposed to cold weather, wear warm gloves and stockings. Use chemical warmers for hands and feet. Medication, (vasodilators) may help but not too much. ...Read more

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Why do stress and emotional factors trigger raynaud’s episodes?

Why do stress and emotional factors trigger raynaud’s episodes?

Chemical transmitter: Emotional stress, such as anger or anxiety, causes the release of chemical transmitters (called hormones if they travel through the blood, called neurotransmitters if they travel down a nerve fiber) which can increase muscle tone (including the tiny muscle fibers around arteries) or increase the likelihood of muscle fiber contraction... Both of which may lead to vasospasm and raynaud's symptoms. ...Read more

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