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What is raynaud’s?

What is raynaud’s?

Constricted vessels: Raynaud's phenomenon is a symptom caused by constriction of small blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, leading to a lack of nutrients and oxygen going to the fingers and toes. Raynaud's phenomenon can be due to auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or rheumatologist can evaluate a person with such symptoms. ...Read more

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What is raynaud's?

What is raynaud's?

Group of symptoms: Coldness and color changes in the hands and/or feet without a known cause. Raynaud's can be a symptom complex seen in a variety of other diseases. ...Read more

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Who gets raynaud’s?

Who gets raynaud’s?

Sometimes familial: Raynaud's symptoms sometimes run in families. People with a variety of disorders can get raynaud's phenomenon. Examples include: scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sjogren's syndrome, atherosclerosis, subclavian aneurysm, beta-blocker drugs, ergotamine-type drugs, hypothyroidism, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, magnesium deficiency, etc... ...Read more

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What causes raynaud’s?

What causes raynaud’s?

Artery constriction: Raynaud's phenomenon is a symptom caused by constriction of small blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, leading to a lack of nutrients and oxygen going to the fingers and toes. Raynaud's phenomenon can be due to auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or rheumatologist can evaluate a person with such symptoms. ...Read more

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How common is raynaud’s?

How common is raynaud’s?

3%-5% have symptoms: 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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Is raynaud's disease harmful?

Is raynaud's disease harmful?

Yes: Over time, raynaud's symptoms in the fingers and toes will result in atrophy (shrinkage) of the skin, muscles, and whatever else is in the fingers and toes. The damage is due to lack of nutrients and lack of oxygen when the vasospasm occurs. In severe cases, gangrene (tissue death) of parts of the fingers and toes can occur. ...Read more

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What is raynaud's phenomenon?

What is raynaud's phenomenon?

Red, White, and Blue: Named after a french physician, raynaud's is improper regulation of blood flow. Pain and changes to the colors of the fingers and hand in response to cold (air conditioning, ice cubes, etc) or stress occurs as follows: the fingers turn white as the blood vessels constrict, then turn blue as the oxygen levels drop, then turn red upon rewarming. Usually benign, but see your doctor to be sure! ...Read more

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What causes raynaud's disease?

What causes raynaud's disease?

Not known: Typically a prolonged small blood vessel spasm in response to stress or cold exposure. May improve with medication, but, generally is treated conservatively with rare problems arising. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's phenomenon common?

Is raynaud's phenomenon common?

Yes: Raynauds is a hypersensitivity to the cold of the small vessels of the extremities (hands and feet). Most people with raynauds have no other disease associated with it. Occasionally raynauds is associated with an autoimmune disease. ...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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How do you treat raynaud decease?

How do you treat raynaud decease?

Stay Warm, Stay calm: Core body warming, extremity warming, and decreasing stress are the initial approaches followed by prescription meds to dilate (open) blood vessels in the hands and feet. Smoking must be avoided. ...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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What could be the cause raynaud's?

What could be the cause raynaud's?

BAsic cause: Raynaud's is a disease that is defined by changes in the muscular lining of the arteries in response to temperature. Cold causes constriction (blue) and warmth causes expansion (redness). No specific reason for the muscular lining's reactiveness has been found. Treatments vary from patient to patient but good symptomatic relief is possible. Get to an expert in artery disease for best outcome. ...Read more

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What exactly is raynaud's syndrome?

What exactly is raynaud's syndrome?

Vessels constrict: Raynaud's phenomenon is a symptom caused by constriction of small blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, leading to a lack of nutrients and oxygen going to the fingers and toes. Raynaud's phenomenon can be due to auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or rheumatologist can evaluate a person with such symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause raynaud's phenomenon?

What can cause raynaud's phenomenon?

Cold and stress: We do not completely understand the cause of raynaud's, but exposure to cold and emotional stress cause spasm in the blood vessels of the hands and feet. This causes a reduction in blood flow. The lack of oxygen in the area cause the color to change to white, with continued lack of oxygen they turn blue and then red as the spasm resolves and blood flow returns. ...Read more

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Will my raynaud’s get worse over time?

Will my raynaud’s get worse over time?

Not necessarily: The raynaud's and scleroderma association in the U.K. States that raynaud's disease is more common in teens and young adults, especially teen girls and young women. The majority of patients resolve their symptoms in their twenties. (probably the approximately 10% of cases who have secondary conditions causing raynaud's will continue to have symptoms unless their secondary disorders are resolved.). ...Read more

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Where did the name raynaud’s come from?

Where did the name raynaud’s come from?

French physician: The scleroderma foundation website states that in 1862, auguste-maurice raynaud, a french physician, wrote a thesis describing the color changes of hands and feet triggered by exposure to cold. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder (connective tissue disorder) in which patients can have raynaud's symptoms as part of their disease. ...Read more

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How painful can Raynaud's syndrome be?

How painful can Raynaud's syndrome be?

Spectrum: There is great variability of symptoms. Some people have very limited symptom at all, but others get ulcerations related this syndrome which can be very painful. ...Read more

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Best medication for Raynaud's syndrome?

Not one clearly best: There are many different medications that can be utilized, and the choice of which one may be "best" depends on the patient and other existing medical problems - even then every patient can respond differently. ...Read more

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Does raynaud's disease get debilitating?

Does raynaud's disease get debilitating?

No: By itself, raynaud's disease is just a group of symptoms: coldness and color changes in the hands and/or feet. It requires a full physical examination and blood screening for a variety of illnesses to determine if there is a known cause for the raynaud's that can be treated. Just raynaud's disease is not disabling if no cause can be found. ...Read more

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