Raynaud Phenomenon is considered to be a nonobstructive vascular disease. It may be linked with certain rheumatismal conditions or it may develop independently. It usually manifests with reduced or decelerated blood circulation in hands and feet, causing a sensation of coldness, pain, bruising, tingling sensation or coldness. Blood vessels contract in cold weather to preserve heat, and it lasts longer in persons who are affected by this condition.
STRESS MAY ALSO CAUSE IT!
Smoking, severe emotional stress and cold are known triggers of this disease. Additionally, long-term medications may also cause it as a side effect. In particular, some migraine and headache medications, which were commonly used in the past, and some older generation heart medications may also induce this disease. Typically, patients with this condition are younger than patients with obstructive vascular conditions. It may affect youths undergoing heavy psychological burden of academic tests or work, or even children in some cases. It is more common in populations living in cold regions, or working in low temperature conditions. In some cases, manifestations of Raynoud may be severe with serious complications, akin to those of late-stage obstructive vascular disorders. Both medicinal and surgical treatments are possible, and 90% of symptoms can be preempted by taking appropriate measures. If complaints persist despite precautions, it is advisably to promptly see a cardiovascular surgeon.
1. Change Your Habits: Stop tobacco use immediately, including smoking, and avoid smoky locations as far as possible. If having difficulty quitting smoking, you could try alternative methods such as bioresonance therapy, or seek professional help at a smoking cessation center.
2. Change Your Physical Environment: Stay away from cold and low-temperature areas as far as possible. Be sure to wear gloves and thick socks before going out in the cold, minimize contact with cold water, and use oil-based creams that protect from cold. If you must wash dishes or laundry manually, wear gloves at all times. In severe cases, it may be advisable to move to a place with a more temperate climate.
3. Change Your Psychological Condition: You must learn to guard yourself against excessive sadness, excitement or fear, which increases stress. You can begin by using relaxation techniques, and physical and mental exercises. However, if you cannot cope with stress by yourself, you should seek psychological support or, if necessary, psychiatric therapy including medication, if indicated.
4. See a Doctor: See a doctor to ascertain whether the underlying cause is an obstructive vascular disorder, whether there are any concurrent rheumatismal disorders, and ensure that you are not using any medication which may be the culprit for Raynaud.