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Raynauds Disease Symptoms
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
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
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 in color, 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Avoid cold temp.: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Raynauds is caused by a spasm of very small blood vessels usually in response to coled exposure or occasionally with emotional upset. The main objective is to keep the digits warm. This can be done by mechanical warming with gloves or chemical warders or using medications that open up the circulation. Many of these are used to treat hypertension the most common drugs are calcium channel blockers. ...Read more
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. 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Chapped lips is often due to lip eczema (dryness, irritation, cracking, peeling). Too much sun, wind, or water exposure; excessive washing; repeated lip licking; and allergies to lip balm or lipstick ingredients are common causes. Allergic reactions (hives, etc.) can chap lips. Raynaud's lip symptoms may start with pale or whitish lips with numbness in cold temperatures, and then later chapping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sister is 22 and generally healthy (though possibly gluten sensitive or maybe has celiac disease; she also gets symptoms of Raynauds disease). She just found out she has anemia. What are some possible reasons for/explanations of the anemia? Thx.
Anemia: there are many causes for anemia but iron deficiency tends to be the more likely in females of her age particularly with blood loss from menstraul cycles. blood loss may also occur from her GI tract but typically with something more sinister then gluten sensitivity. Gluten sensitivity in itself would not directly cause anemia ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For 5 years I have been extremely cold, when everyone else is hot or warm. I am constantly shivering at school, and most of the time my fingers turn purple. I've done some research, and most of my symptoms look like they are symptoms of raynaud's disease.
Could be: Classically people with raynaud's can have white finger color changes as well as red and purple. The fingers turning blue alone is not diagnostic. Your evaluation will also look at other things like a thyroid disorder. If you have raynauds there were other medical conditions that need to be evaluated. ...Read more
I have dry eyes, dry mouth, rinitis, metal smell when i breathe and raynaud. Are there syntoms of another disease?
I get raynaud's in my right fingers and toes only? Does this mean it is more likely secondary? What disorders can produce this symptom?
See details: Raynauds can involve only a single finger or toe or involve several or all of them. It may not be related to any other disease or may be a component of an underlying connective tissue disorder. I would suggest evaluation by a rheumatologist for anyone with raynauds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Affects fingers&toes: 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 cold temperatures, auto-immune disorders, hormonal imbalances, medication effects, etc... A primary care doctor or rheumatologist can evaluate a person with such symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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