What Is Raynauds Phenomenon?
Normally, the body prevents heat loss in cold weather by re-directing the blood
away from the extremities. If you suffer with Raynaud’s phenomenon, this
reaction is exaggerated. The blood vessels constrict tightly, starving the tissues
of blood and causing the characteristic blue or white colour change. Circulation
to the rest of the body is generally perfectly normal.
When blood flow returns, the skin turns from blue to red and finally back to the
normal pink colour.
Categories of Raynaud’s Phenomenon:
~ Primary Raynaud’s phenomenon (or Raynaud’s disease) this is the most
common form of Raynaud’s phenomenon. It is called ‘idiopathic’ because there is
no clear underlying cause. It is often so mild the person never seeks medical
~ Secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon is generally more complex and serious
than primary Raynaud’s. The most common cause of secondary Raynaud’s
includes a range of underlying autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid
arthritis, scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus.
Who Can Suffer With Raynauds Disease?
Did you know about three per cent of the population has Raynauds to some
degree? It is much more common in females, with those under the age of 25
more commonly affected. Raynaud’s phenomenon doesn’t usually cause
permanent damage and symptom relief from Thermomedic therapy gloves can
Other Common Causes of Raynaud’s Phenomenon Include:
~ Mechanical vibration, such as using a power tool for long periods. It is thought
that the vibrations disrupt the nerves.
~ Atherosclerosis, narrowing of the arteries caused by the build-up of fatty
plaques. Blood flow to the extremities may be restricted.
~ Smoking which constricts blood vessels may cause Raynaud’s.
~ Some drugs, such as beta blockers, drugs that contain ergotamine, certain
chemotherapy agents and drugs that cause blood vessels to narrow have also
been linked to Raynaud's.
Complications of Raynaud’s Phenomenon
In most cases, Raynaud’s phenomenon is harmless and doesn’t have any lasting
effects. In severe cases, however, the constant loss of blood flow can
permanently damage the tissue. Complications include:
~ Impaired healing of cuts and abrasions
~ Increased susceptibility to infection
~ Tissue loss
Seek Medical Advice
Since Raynaud’s phenomenon can be a symptom of more serious underlying
illnesses, including lupus, it is important to see your doctor for a personal
Diagnosis Of Raynauds Disease
It is not hard to diagnose Raynaud’s phenomenon. Your doctor may use a range
of methods to decide which form you have. These include:
~ A complete medical history
~ Physical examination
~ Blood tests
~ Looking at fingernail tissue with a microscope.
Treatment Of Raynauds Disease
Treatment can depend upon which form of the condition you suffer.
Primary Raynaud’s phenomenon – non-drug treatment is the main form of
treatment to manage the condition and reduce the number and severity of
Secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon – generally, treating the primary illness
should ease the symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon. In severe cases,
vasodilating medications (drugs that dilate the blood vessels) may be prescribed
to prevent tissue damage. Surgery may be needed if there are skin ulcers or
serious tissue damage.
Is There A Cure For Raynauds Phenomenon?
There is no cure for Raynaud’s phenomenon. Managing the condition requires
avoiding known triggers, particularly exposure to cold temperatures. Doctors
~ Avoid prolonged exposure to cold weather or sudden temperature changes.
~ Keep your whole body warm.
~ Keep your extremities warm with Thermomedic thermal gloves and heated
~ Avoid holding cold drinks which can trigger raynauds symptoms.
~ Avoid cigarettes or caffeinated beverages as nicotine and caffeine constrict the
~ Take care with medications, such as vasoconstrictors, which cause the blood
vessels to narrow.
It is important to learn to recognise and avoid stressful situations. Stress and
emotional distress can trigger an attack of Raynaud’s phenomenon. Relaxation
may help decrease the number and severity of attacks you experience.
Exercise regularly to maintain blood flow and skin condition.
How Can Thermomedics Thermal Gloves Help Raynauds Disease?
Raynaud’s phenomenon is the temporary interruption of blood flow to the
extremities, such as your fingers and toes. Thermomedic Raynauds gloves and
thermal socks are the perfect choice to improve blood circulation and ease the
discomfort of tingling and numbness.
Sometimes, Raynaud’s phenomenon may be a sign of an underlying autoimmune
disorder, such lupus, so it's important to see your doctor for a personal
diagnosis. Wearing Thermomedic thermal socks and Raynauds gloves are
recommended by health care professionals world-wide to help keep your fingers
and toes warm and snug!
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