Raynaud syndrome: a disease difficult to recognize

The Raynaud syndrome is a disease that affects blood vessels: here all its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and cure.

The Raynaud syndrome is a disease difficult to diagnose, which affects mostly women than men. It is a little known problem, which cause vasospasms. The blood flow reduces and you feel tingling, burning or numbness.

Let’s learn more about this syndrome, how to diagnose it and if there is a cure.

Causes and symptoms of the Raynaud syndrome

What does this disease cause? There are different factors, but it is fundamental to distinguish between primary and secondary.

In most cases, we talk about primary Raynaud, which manifests with a light ailment. Its causes are cold temperatures and stress. The symptoms are clear: blood vessels shrink, causing a burning feeling, numbness and tingling in some part of the body, such as fingers, toes, nose tip and, rarely, tongue, lips and nipples.

Usually, doctors cannot diagnose this syndrome, which is easily recognizable in its secondary type, more serious and rare. Secondary Raynayd has different causes: arteries and nerves damages, recurring movements, hands or feet injuries, or exposure to specific chemicals and medicines which hinder th blood flow in the arteries.

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Moreover, there are some illnesses which can cause Raynaud syndrome, such as lupus, thyroid problems, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, blood disorders, pulmonary hypertension, Sjögren syndrome, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, polymiositis, and Buerger disease.

In case of secondary Raynaud, the related disorders damage the arteries. Moreover, this type can rarely also cause ulcers and gangrene.

Raynaud syndrome: tests and diagnosis

Your doctor will diagnose this disease. First of all, he will consider the patient’s medical history and, if necessary, will also require specific exams, in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

How to cure Raynaud syndrome

There is no cure, but it is possible to solve the problem with some treatments. The first thing to do is to change your lifestyle, to pay attention to your clothes and to not expose too much to cold temperatures.

If you are taking medicines, it is important to ask your doctor to replace them. Those who work with chemicals should avoid coming in contact with them. You just need some cautions to eliminate the primary Raynaud.

If it persists, so it’s the secondary type, ask your doctor if it possible to undergo surgery to solve the problem.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 27-02-2019