Raynaud treatment

 

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Raynaud is a phenomenon that is characterized by fingers feeling numb/tingly and looking white. This is a fleeting response to cold or to wind.  It occurs when the blood vessels constrict due to environmental factors or it can also occur due to emotional distress.

Best treatment?

Avoidance!  Avoid cold weather and sitting under an air conditioning vent.  Wear gloves.

Medications.  Calcium channel blockers are a blood pressure medication that has also been found in some patients to help with symptoms.  There are side effects from the medication like headaches, swelling, dizziness, nausea, rash, fast heart rate.

So, as we embark into colder weather, keep those gloves handy!

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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