Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Raynaud’s Phenomenon (also known as Raynaud’s Syndrome or if more severe, Disease) is a common disorder that impacts small blood vessels, most commonly in your fingers and toes.

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

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Raynaud’s Phenomenon (also known as Raynaud’s Syndrome or if more severe, Disease) is a common disorder that impacts small blood vessels, most commonly in your fingers and toes. Raynaud’s can also affect your nose, lips, or ear lobes. This leads to limited blood flood, skin color changes, cold skin, a pins and needles sensation.

During a Raynaud’s episode, the blood vessels constrict and oxygen flow is reduced, resulting in the affected area turning white, then blue. As the blood vessels return to normal and open again, the skin may appear red or tingle.

What causes Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

Raynaud’s Phenomenon causes episodic spasms, called vasospastic attacks, in response to the following:

  • Cold weather
  • Stress

Raynaud’s Phenomenon may be caused by an underlying disease, condition, medication or lifestyle choice. If you’re exhibiting symptoms, it is best to seek medical advice.

What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

Symptoms of Raynaud’s are episodic but should not be ignored.

  • Color changes to your skin
  • Feeling cold or numb
  • Feeling warmth, tingling or throbbing
  • Exhibiting redness upon returning to normal
  • Skin ulcers
  • Gangrene

What are the Triggers?

  • Cold spaces or weather
  • Stress, anxiety, or excitement
  • Holding cold items such as a drink
  • Sweat post-activity that cools on the skin

How is Raynaud’s Phenomenon Treated?

Raynaud’s can be managed with lifestyle modifications and medications. Stress reduction and smoking cessation are often recommended in addition to tools to keep the body warm (ie: hand warmers, mittens/gloves, avoidance of unnecessarily cold situations, etc…). Our Upper Extremity Specialist, Dr. Kai Mazur is well versed in treatment of Raynaud’s Phenomenon and tailoring a treatment specific to your needs.

If you’re experience issues with Raynaud’s Phenomenon, please book an appointment online or call our office at 707-273-3410.