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Doctor insights on: Raynaud Phenomenon In Children

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What's the difference between raynaud phenomenon and syndrome and disease?

What's the difference between raynaud phenomenon and syndrome and disease?

Phenom is name for : Both the disease and the syndrome. The disease is vasospastic disorder causing discoloration of the fingers. The raynauds disease is idiopathic where the syndrome is caused by some otherinstigating factor, most commonly connective tissue disorders like lupus. ...Read more

Dr. James Seibold
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Raynaud's Phenomenon (Definition)

Raynaud's disease is a primary vasospastic process that usually involves the fingers or toes and is worsened by cold, stress, vibration. Raynaud's phenomena is assoc. With other collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, etc. It is a vasospastic process that compounds the microvascular occlusive disease present in some ...Read more


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Raynaud phenomenon syndrome question. Is it really that or poor circulation?

Raynaud phenomenon syndrome question. Is it really that or poor circulation?

Color and location: Raynauds causes fingers to turn either white, blue and/or red usually in the cold. Poor circulation is different because it can affect palms and usually the border of the color change is a smooth transition. Raynauds usually has a distinct line between normal and blue /white. ...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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What are the tests for raynaud's phenomenon?

What are the tests for raynaud's phenomenon?

History and physical: A history and physical is the most important test. You will need an examination to clarify the diagnosis and find out why raynaud's is present. We can see it by itself, in families or associated with a variety of illnesses inclduing connective tissue diseases. These diagnoses will require a variety of tests to look at these diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

Very unlikely: Raynaud's phenomenon decreases blood flow to the fingers, toes, nose, ears, or nipples, but the rest of the body should be ok. It would be very unusual to die from raynaud's phenomenon. Hypothetically, if a person got gangrene in a finger or toe, then got infected there, and was unable to get any treatment, his infection could spread to the rest of his body, leading to death by sepsis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

See below: You can die from some diseases associated with raynauds, but it would unusual from raynauds unless you developed digital ulcers that became infected and you had complications from the infection. ...Read more

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Why does smoking usually cause raynaud's phenomenon?

Why does smoking usually cause raynaud's phenomenon?

Nicotine constricts: Nicotine constricts blood vessels, so smoking can worsen raynaud's symptoms. Caffeine can also worsen raynaud's symptoms. ...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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Is raynauds phenomenon a serious concern for most people?

Is raynauds phenomenon a serious concern for most people?

Raynaud's: This depends on the severity of the problem. Making sure to use gloves-preferably mittens on the hands to increased warmth is recommended, as well as the use of warm socks to protect feet. If there is an underlying condition causing the Raynaud's, this should be taken care of. If not, discuss other treatments with your primary doctor, which may include biofeedback or some antihypertensive meds ...Read more

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I'm 16 and have raynaud's phenomenon what should I be looking out for/doing to prevent it from getting worse?

Avoid the 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. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for raynaud's phenomenon?

What is the treatment for raynaud's phenomenon?

Warmth and CA-block: Keeping hands warm and dry is the thing everyone should do. I think in terms of drug prophylaxis or for diminution in severity of the raynaud's, calcium channel blockers are the best therapeutic option. I favor Diltiazem over verapamil (less constipation and slowing of heart rate), and over Nifedipine and amlodipine (less edema). However, all are fine and work. Others may use nitroglycerine paste. ...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 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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Could you die from raynaud's phenomenon?

No: People don't die from Raynauds phenomenon; but diseases associated with Raynauds can range from very minor to major. It is a symptom. Not a disease. ...Read more

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What diseases cause raynaud's phenomenon?

Many disorders can: Many disorders can cause 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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Can you tell me about raynaud's phenomenon?

See details: https://www.healthtap.com/expert/view_news/16576

The above link is a very good review of the subject. ...Read more

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Any summer symptoms of raynaud's phenomenon?

Any summer symptoms of raynaud's phenomenon?

Yes: Raynaud's can occur at anytime of year but is less common in warmer weather. Smoking and excessive caffeine can worsen the symptoms. Also, minimize the handling of ice-cold beverages. Keep air conditioning settings at comfortable, not cold. Be aware that restaurants and more expensive stores keep the temperature settings low. ...Read more

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Why does my raynaud's phenomenon get worse sometimes?

Why does my raynaud's phenomenon get worse sometimes?

Cold makes it worse: Patients with raynaud's phenomenon are very temperature sensative — cold weather, even warm water may cause pain and bluish finger discoloration. It is improtant to keep your hands warm at all times — some of my patients wear gloves most of the year to avoid attacks.
Feel better. ...Read more

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What drugs can I take to help with my raynaud's phenomenon?

What drugs can I take to help with my raynaud's phenomenon?

Raynaud's help: As mentioned, the mainstay of treatment is to avoid doing things that make your vasoconstriction worse. So, avoid caffeine, nicotine, cold and stress. Also avoid otc cold meds, beta blockers for high blood pressure and certain birth control pills. If medication is needed, calcium channel blockers, Alpha blockers, and vasodilators like Nitroglycerin and several other drugs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with raynaud's phenomenon?

What are the symptoms associated with raynaud's phenomenon?

Pain: The fingers can turn red, white, blue, and this is painful. The sequence is often triggered by exposure to cold. ...Read more

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What percentage of people suffer from raynaud's phenomenon?

What percentage of people suffer from raynaud's phenomenon?

About 5% in the U.S.: An estimated 5% of people in the United States have symptoms of raynaud's phenomenon. People with raynaud's symptoms can have vasospasm in the blood vessels supplying their fingers and/or toes, triggered by exposure to cold, vibrations, emotional stress, etc... ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: raynaud's phenomenon?

What is the definition or description of: raynaud's phenomenon?

Depends: Raynaud's disease is a primary vasospastic process that usually involves the fingers or toes and is worsened by cold, stress, vibration. Raynaud's phenomena is assoc. With other collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, etc. It is a vasospastic process that compounds the microvascular occlusive disease present in some of these disease states. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I could have raynaud's disease/phenomenon?

See details: You have significant cyanosis or blanching of your fingers and/or toes accentuated by cold exposure and a formal workup revealed no other causes for the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it pretty common for raynaud's phenomenon to occur on only one side of the body?

Usually symmetric: Raynaud's disease is due to spasm of blood vessels supplying the fingers and toes, and sometimes other parts of the body. Symptoms are usually symmetrical. People vary in the symptoms they get with any disorder, so it is possible that a person could have symptoms on only one side. There may be a difference in circulation to one side of the body. A primary care or rheumatology doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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I am busy with my work and family and don't have time for raynaud’s phenomenon. How can I treat it fast?

I am busy with my work and family and don't have time for raynaud’s phenomenon. How can I treat it fast?

There is help: Certain medications such as calcium channel blockers help. Also, use layer gloves and socks in cold weather. You need to make the time to have an evaluation by your doctor to make sure you do not have any other underlying disease. ...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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What is a good treatment of raynaud's phenomenon?

What is a good treatment of raynaud's phenomenon?

Avoid cold: Avoid cold exposure, breath through a muffler. Nifedipine xl may be needed. ...Read more

Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

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