Raynaud's disease is a disorder of the blood vessels, usually affecting fingers and toes. It causes the blood vessels to narrow during periods of cold or stress preventing blood from getting to the surface of the skin. When this happens, the affected areas turn white/blue, and when the blood flow returns, the skin turns red and throbs or tingles. In severe cases, loss of blood flow can cause sores or tissue death.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What causes Raynaud’s Syndrome?
A: There are two types of this disease, Primary and Secondary Raynaud’s. Primary happens on it’s own and there is no known cause. Secondary can be brought on by injury, certain medications or due to other diseases.
Q: What are the risk factors of developing Raynaud’s?
A: Those that live in colder climates are more likely to develop the disease. It is also more common in women over the age of 30 with a familial history of the disorder.
Q: What are the treatment options?
A: May include drugs that help to open the blood vessels. But there are self- help treatments that can be helpful, including avoiding triggers, using warm water to soak hands during an attack and keeping hands and feet warm.