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Will hernbal medicine work to eliminate raynaud's disease?

Will hernbal medicine work to eliminate raynaud's disease?

No: Herbal medicines do not help directly but switching from caffeinated drinks to herbal teas might help. Also, if herbs help you reduce stress, that would help. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

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


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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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I’ve heard lots of different names for raynaud’s – disease, phenomenon, syndrome – are they all the same?

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". ...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

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Is raynaud's disease pretty rare?

Is raynaud's disease pretty rare?

No, not rare: Raynaud's disease (no cause found) and raynaud's syndrome (caused by another medical condition) are not that rare. An estimated 3% to 5% of the population have raynaud's phenomenon, although symptoms can range from quite mild all the way to severe. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have raynaud's disease?

How will I know if I have raynaud's disease?

By the symptoms: The symptoms are coldness and color changes to red, blue, or white, often on exposure to cold environment, in the hands and/or feet. ...Read more

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What can offset the symptoms of raynaud's disease?

What can offset the symptoms of raynaud's disease?

Vascular Spasms: The classic description is the changes in color of your finger in response to stress or cold. The colors can be red, blue and white. I like to see white to make the diagnosis. This can occur in the fingers, the toes or even the nose of ears. This can occur in people with a connective tissue disease like lupus or scleroderma: Raynaud Syndrome it can run in families and is called Raynau Disease ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Raynaud's disease?

What is the definition or description of: Raynaud's disease?

White fingers cold: 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 ...Read more

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What are the key factor's in knowing whether I have raynaud's disease?

What are the key factor's in knowing whether I have raynaud's disease?

Look for causes: When a patient has raynaud's phenomenon (vasospasm 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 "raynaud's disease". If an underlying condition is found, then the disorder is called "raynaud's syndrome". ...Read more

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How common is raynauds disease?

How common is raynauds disease?

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. ...Read more

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Advice for raynauds disease? Glover?

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. ...Read more

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How can I prevent raynaud's disease?

How can I prevent 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 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. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of raynauds disease?

What are symptoms of raynauds disease?

Raynaud's: Cold sensitivity of the digits of the hands and feet secondary to cold exposure, trauma, or stress. Very often the digits will have color changes, white, blue with exposure, and then red when reentry into a warm area. ...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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Does anyone here treat raynauds disease?

Does anyone here treat raynauds disease?

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.). ...Read more

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Will tanning help with raynaud's disease?

Will tanning help with raynaud's disease?

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. ...Read more

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What medication works for raynaud's disease?

What medication works for raynaud's disease?

Good medication: Recognizing that the disease is due to spasm of the muscle layer lining the arteries in response to temperature extremes, then using medications that reduce the spasm and promote dilatation would be most beneficial. There are excellent studies using a medication called Pletal (cilostazol) while I agree that there are systemic effects potentially, the benefits of this outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Can I continue running with raynaud's disease?

Yes: Raynauds disease is a condition of cold hands or feet and color changes. It often is seen with other conditions but is not really a disease itself. If you have raynaud's, you should have a complete physical examination and blood screening for collagen diseases and other conditions. If this exam is negative continue running. If positive, treat the diagnosis then ask your doctor if running is ok. ...Read more

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Is TMJ typically associated with raynaud's disease?

Is TMJ typically associated with raynaud's disease?

No: Tmj (temporal-mandibular joint) symptoms are not usually associated with raynaud's disease. Some medical conditions that can cause raynaud's syndrome are types of arthritis or autoimmune disorders, so there is a chance that a patient can have tm joint symptoms. Emotional stress can trigger raynaud's symptoms, and some people do have stress-related habits that worsen their TMJ symptoms. ...Read more

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What is raynauds disease and how does someone get it?

What is raynauds disease and how does someone get it?

Color changes: If 2 (of white, blue or red) occur on emotional distress or exposure to cold. Sometimes related to an underlying disease such as lupus but raynauds is extremely common — perhaps 7% of women. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of raynauds disease?

What are the most common symptoms of raynauds disease?

Raynaud's: Raynaud's syndrome is a spasm of the small vessels of the hands most often related to cold weather, emotional stress, or a multitude of other factors. Classically it is described as cold hands which first turn "ghost white" and then become purplish, most often trigged by the cold. This usually gets better when the hands are warmed. At worst, it can cause ulcerations of the fingers. ...Read more

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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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Can I still become a pilot if I have 'raynaud's' disease?

Can I still become a pilot if I have 'raynaud's' disease?

Yes: Raynaud's will not prevent you from piloting an airplane unless it impairs the function of your hands. Ask your physician if you have isolated raynaud's disease or if you have raynaud's phenomenon secondary to another disease. It may be important. ...Read more

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How does a fifteen-year-old boy develop raynaud's disease?

How does a fifteen-year-old boy develop raynaud's disease?

basics of Raynaud's: The disease is due to spasm of the muscular lining of blood vessels as a result of temperature extremes. 15 years old is quite young for occurrence and I would look for other reasons. Simply because color changes occur with temperature in our skin is not raynaud's. I would look for other reasons before jumping on this. ...Read more

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I think I have raynauds disease. How can I find out for sure?

I think I have raynauds disease. How can I find out for sure?

See your doctor: The only way you can find the cause of your problem and how to treat and control your condition is to see your family doctor or go to a clinic
raynaud disease can be due to another systemic condition or it may be on its own and can be helped with certain preventive measures and some meds if it is needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become a pilot if I have 'raynaud's' disease?

Is it possible to become a pilot if I have 'raynaud's' disease?

Yes: Like any medical condition, raynaud's requires a medical evaluation. Underlying diseases must be ruled out. Only if the raynaud's were severe enough to interfere with hand or foot function would it disqualify a pilot. Also, the condition can often be treated with medical and non-medical methods that do not interfere with piloting an airplane. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

A condition in which some areas of the body feel numb and ...Read more