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Why does smoking usually cause raynaud's phenomenon?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Nicotine constricts

Nicotine constricts blood vessels, so smoking can worsen raynaud's symptoms.
Caffeine can also worsen raynaud's symptoms.

In brief: Nicotine constricts

Nicotine constricts blood vessels, so smoking can worsen raynaud's symptoms.
Caffeine can also worsen raynaud's symptoms.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: It usually doesn't

There are people with raynaud's where smoking makes it much worse, and people who only get raynaud's after smoking.
But smoking causes blood vessels to constrict in all people, just not to the extent you see in raynaud's where fingers turn blue, white and/or red. In people with raynaud's disease or phenomenon who smoke, they are at higher risk of serious vascular problems - heart attack, stroke.

In brief: It usually doesn't

There are people with raynaud's where smoking makes it much worse, and people who only get raynaud's after smoking.
But smoking causes blood vessels to constrict in all people, just not to the extent you see in raynaud's where fingers turn blue, white and/or red. In people with raynaud's disease or phenomenon who smoke, they are at higher risk of serious vascular problems - heart attack, stroke.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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