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Raynaud's Phenomenon- All you need to know

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Raynaud's Phenomenon is an atypical disorder of blood vessels, also known as Raynauds Syndrome, is a medical condition in which some areas of the body, especially fingers and toes, become numb and cold in certain circumstances.

Approximately 10% of the population has primary Raynauds phenomenon. [1]

Raynauds Syndrome is
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging required
- Can last for years or exists lifelong

It can affect people of any age, but visible symptoms start between the age of 15 and 25 years. Besides, it is more common in people living in a colder climate and is also known to affect women more than men.

There are two types of Raynauds Syndrome:
- Primary Raynauds, in which the symptoms are very mild. It occurs without any underlying illness.
- Secondary Raynauds, which is less common and occurs as a result of other illnesses. It usually appears after the age of 35 years.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of Raynauds Syndrome are:
- Sensitivity to cold
- Reduced sensation of touch
- Lack of blood supply
- Red fingers or toes
- Pain in fingers and toes

Treatment

Self-care: This condition is usually self-diagnosable. Keeping the home warm, wearing warm clothes, exercising, and eating a healthy diet can be some of the best ways to cure this disorder.

Medication: Depending upon the cause of the symptoms, doctors may prescribe medications to dilate the blood vessel and allow circulation. They may recommend calcium channel blockers or vasodilators, which relax blood vessels. In rare cases, surgery can also be suggested.

Specialists: It is better to consult a physician if conditions worsen. mfine provides a wide range of information about several medical conditions. You can also come on board for a holistic treatment.

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