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Doctor insights on: Raynauds Phenomenon Vs Raynauds Syndrome

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Dr. Mark Rasak Dr. Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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. Michael Miller
271 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Angus Worthing Dr. Worthing
Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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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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Dr. James Strader Dr. Strader
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
18 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Raynauds phenomenon. I also have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Can i take midodrine still? Male 22

Raynauds phenomenon.  I also have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Can i take midodrine still? Male 22

yes but: Midodrine shouldn't make the raynaud's any worse. But that's a big 'shouldn't' because raynaud's is a tough problem to treat. A better choice for the pots might be fludrocortisone, which would not interfere with the raynaud's (i would think). ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil Dr. Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular
29 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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How to tell if I have raynaud's syndrome or something else?

How to tell if I have raynaud's syndrome or something else?

See a Doctor: A vascular surgeon can recomend a provocative non-invasive test that can help diagnosis raynauds. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis Dr. Christianakis
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
14 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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How common is raynauds syndrome?

Depends: General population 5-10 percent and majority of patients with raynaud's may be just a phenomenon and not related to an autoimmune disease. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Nolan Dr. Nolan
Surgery - Vascular
31 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Raynauds syndrome, is there a cure?

Raynauds syndrome, is there a cure?

Raynauds: There is no cure. Best strategy for symptoms is avoidance of the stimulus that causes it...cold, stress,etc ...Read more

Dr. Fernando Kafie Dr. Kafie
Surgery - Vascular
24 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can raynaud's syndrome run in the family?

Can raynaud's syndrome run in the family?

Yes: Raynaud's symptoms do run in some families. There is presumed a genetic factor involved, but the particular genes have not been identified for raynaud's disease. In raynaud's syndrome, the other medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders, can also be familial, resulting in several members of a single family having a disorder that causes raynaud's symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter H'doubler Dr. H'doubler
Surgery - Vascular
36 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What are the causes of raynauds syndrome?

What are the causes of raynauds syndrome?

Usually cold: Raynauds involves cold or stress induced vasospasm of small vessels in hands and feet. It is really more of an annoyance than a harmful problem. 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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Dr. Douglas Mund Dr. Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
42 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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I have raynauds syndrome, any suggestions?

Several possibilitie: The real answer depends on several factors. First and foremost is whether the raynaud's symptoms are part of a larger systemic disease - like lupus or scleroderma - or if it a singular problem. The approach to therapy depends on severity of symptoms. Simple measures like wearing gloves or layers of gloves, using mechanical or chemical warmers like skiers do. There are also several meds that can d. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Is there a real cure for raynaud's syndrome?

Is there a real cure for raynaud's syndrome?

If cause is "cured": 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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Dr. Norman Chideckel Dr. Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
38 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What do I need to know about raynauds syndrome?

Few things: It is not due to poor circulation it may be related to thyroid disease or other disease s such as scleroderma, connective tissue disorders most case do not have an underlying cause have your doctor do a workup. ...Read more

Dr. Timothy Wu Dr. Wu
Surgery - Vascular
14 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Explain raynauds syndrome what it is and symptoms?

Explain raynauds syndrome what it is and symptoms?

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 more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER Dr. WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
29 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Is there a cure that works for raynaud`s syndrome?

Is there a cure that works for raynaud`s syndrome?

Doubtful: Typically i would say there is no cure for raynauds. The one instance would be if smoking causes the symptoms of raynauds (which it can), and if you quit smoking it could go away. However, most patients with raynauds require treatment to reduce the symptoms of the condition. Avoiding direct contact with cold objects for example could reduce the symptoms. Medications can be quite helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What are the typical symptoms of raynauds syndrome?

What are the typical  symptoms of raynauds syndrome?

Hand problems.: Patients with raynaud's have a problem with arteriolar spasm with cold or fear/anxiety. The condition varies in severity, but you will typically see whiteness above your pips (second joint of the fingers) followed by pup=rple, and then redness accompanied by pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Andras Perl Dr. Perl
Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
Semmelweis University Faculty of Medicine
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What is the most common symptom of raynauds syndrome?

What is the most common symptom of raynauds syndrome?

Changes in color: Fingers and and toes change color, mainly in the cold, which is often associated with sensation of pain and tingling. ...Read more

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Dr. Apostolos Kontzias Dr. Kontzias
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
13 years in practice
National University of Athens Faculty of Medicine
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What are the signs and symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome?

What are the signs and symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome?

Paleness, pain, numb: Color changes usually triple color changes -white, blue, red- upon cold exposure or stress. You may experience pain and numbness in the affected fingers or toes resulting from decreased circulation and blood flow. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Which are the most common symptoms of raynauds syndrome?

Which are the most common symptoms of raynauds syndrome?

Hand problems.: Patients with raynaud's have a problem with arteriolar spasm with cold or fear/anxiety. The condition varies in severity, but you will typically see whiteness above your pips (second joint of the fingers) followed by pup=rple, and then redness accompanied by pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
172 doctors shared insights

Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

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