Raynaud’s phenomenon is a problem that causes decreased blood flow to the fingers. In some cases, it also causes less blood flow to the ears, toes, nipples, knees, or nose. This happens due to spasms of blood vessels in those areas. The spasms happen in response to cold, stress, or emotional upset.
Raynaud’s can occur on its own, known as primary form. Or it may happen along with other diseases, known as secondary form. The diseases most often linked with Raynaud’s are autoimmune or connective tissue diseases such as: Lupus, Scleroderma, CREST syndrome (a form of scleroderma), Buerger disease,
Occlusive vascular disease, such as atherosclerosis, Polymyositis, Blood disorders, such as Cryoglobulinemia
Thyroid disorders, Pulmonary hypertension.
The primary form of Raynaud’s is the most common type. It often begins between ages 15 and 25. It’s less severe than secondary Raynaud’s. People with primary Raynaud’s do not often develop a related condition.
What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon?
Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each person. Common symptoms include:
Fingers that turn pale or white then blue when exposed to cold, or during stress or emotional upset, then red when the hands are warmed.
Hands that may become swollen and painful when warmed.
Sores on the finger pads develop, in severe cases.
Gangrene in the fingers that causes infection or needs amputation, but this is rare.
Raynaud’s how to keep hands warm?
How long does it take for Raynaud’s to go away and Is Raynaud’s permanent?
Raynaud’s phenomenon doesn’t usually cause permanent damage. However, it can be a symptom of a more serious underlying illness, so it’s important to see your doctor if you experience it.
Why is raynaud’s so painful？
Raynaud’s causes tiny blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears or nose to constrict during exposure to cold weather, emotional stress or other triggers. This reduces blood supply to those areas, which makes them turn white or blue. Once blood flow resumes, they may turn red and become extremely painful. So keep your body warm is a the best way to relieve pain.