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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the tests for raynaud's disease?

What are the tests for raynaud's disease?

None.: Raynaud's is a clinical syndrome with very specific features. Secondarily, a doctor may include tests looking for the cause, but it remains a clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

Is raynaud's disease usually progressive?

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

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

Color changes: If 2 (of white, blue or red) occur on emotional distress or exposure to cold. ...Read more

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Any summertime symptoms of raynaud's phenomenon?

Any summertime 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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If raynaud’s is so common, how come i’ve never heard of it?

It's not in the news: Raynaud's disease (with 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. People with mild symptoms learn to keep warm, and might not talk about their symptoms as a disease (to them, it may just be an annoyance). ...Read more

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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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What percentage of people suffers from raynaud's phenomenon?

What percentage of people suffers 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?

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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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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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

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Is raynauds diesase considered a disability?

Is raynauds diesase considered a disability?

Legal decision: As noted by my colleagues, raynaud's disease can be considered a disability...And not really a disability. For the individual it is a problem, and sometimes serious and debilitating. The issue of disability is actually a legal one, as such decisions are made by a judge regardless of what the physician might say in his or her record or report. ...Read more

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Tanning (Definition)

Tanning refers to attending exposing oneself to the sun, or a tanning salon, for the purpose of darkening the skin, for cosmetic reasons. Occasionally, tanning is for medical reasons to relieve some symptoms ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Raynaud Phenomenon (Definition)

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