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Excessive numbness: Know about Raynaud's syndrome

About


Raynaud's disease is a condition where the body experiences numbness and cold in some areas under certain circumstances.


About 5 percent of the U.S. population has Raynaud's. [3]


- Treatable by a medical professional
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging often required
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong


Causative factors include injuries to the hands and feet, exposure to certain chemicals, an/or medicines that narrow the arteries or affect blood pressure. Pronounced as ""Ray-nose"", when one is diagnosed with Raynaud's disease the small blood vessels in the extreme ends of fingers and toes become over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature like cold and responds in the similar fashion under extreme stress conditions as well.


Symptoms


The victim experiences numbness and cold in the fingers, toes, ears, and the tip of the nose areas in response to cold temperatures or extreme stress. It's often accompanied by changes in the color of the skin. Other symptoms include:
- Pain
- Numbness
- Pins and needles
- Difficulty moving the affected area



Treatment


Self-care
- Keep your home warm
- Wear warm clothes during cold weather
- Regular exercise improves circulation
- Breathing exercises or Yoga helps relax
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet



Medication
Calcium channel blockers, alpha blockers, prescription skin creams, and ACE inhibitors are prescribed in serious conditions.
Specialists
For severe cases, connect with physicians through mfine, to get timely treatment.

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