Raynaud’s Syndrome, A Simple Guide To The Condition, Diagnosis, Treatment And Related Conditions

by Kenneth Kee

Publisher: Kenneth Kee

Publication Date: February 29, 2016

ISBN: 9781311293992

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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Raynaud’s Syndrome

What is Raynaud's Syndrome?

Raynaud's Syndrome is a rare transient vasospasm of small arteries of the hand precipitated by cold.

Arteries are major blood vessels that deliver blood from the heart to different parts of the body.

Raynaud's Syndrome is a rare disorder of the blood vessels usually more in the fingers and less in the toes.

People with this disorder have attacks that cause the blood vessels to narrow.

There is typical whiteness and blueness of fingers.

When this happens, blood cannot get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue.

When the blood flow returns, the skin turns red and throbs or tingles.

In severe cases of Raynaud’s syndrome, blood flow loss results in sores or tissue death.

Cold weather and stress can spark off attacks of Raynaud’s syndrome.

Vasospasm (narrowing of the blood vessels) of the arteries reduces blood flow to the fingers and toes.

Rarely, the disorder involves the nose, ears, lips and nipples.

There are two main types of
1. Primary Raynaud’s Syndrome (also called Raynaud’s disease), the reason for this condition is not known.

Primary Raynaud's disease is more frequent and is likely to be less severe than secondary Raynaud's phenomenon.

2. Secondary Raynaud’s Syndrome has an underlying disease, condition, or other factor.

This form of Raynaud's is often known as the Raynaud's phenomenon.

Minimal or no blood flows to affected body parts during an attack.

Consequently, the skin may turn white and then blue for a brief period of time.

The affected areas may appear red and throb, tingle, burn, or feel numb as blood flow returns.

If you have primary or secondary Raynaud's Syndrome, cold temperatures or stress can trigger "Raynaud's attacks."

In both types of Raynaud's Syndrome, even mild or brief changes ...