The Raynaud’s Syndrome is a disease that generates vascular spasms in the blood vessels, preventing the proper circulation of blood through the body. The most affected areas are the fingers of the hands and the feet, the ears, nose and nipples. This happens in stressful situations or exposure to the cold.
When you get so little blood, and, therefore, there is so little oxygen to the tissues, the fingers take on a bluish or whitish. In addition, the hands are very cold, hence the second name of this disease, “the syndrome of cold hands”.
The Syndrome of Raynaud’s
What are the causes of Raynaud’s syndrome?
Raynaud’s syndrome is a rare disease, more common in women and people who live in cold climates. According to its causes, we can distinguish between two types:
- Primary Raynaud’s: it has no apparent cause, usually appears in younger people (under 30 years) and your symptoms are less severe. Is called Raynaud’s disease.
- Raynaud’s secondary: is due to the presence of another disorder, habit or condition, such as vascular disease, carpal tunnel syndrome or the daily use of vibrating machines in the workplace. Is called Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Anything that causes a contraction of the blood vessels and prevent the correct flow of blood through the body can pose a risk for this disease.
What are the symptoms of Raynaud’s syndrome?
Among its main symptoms is:
- Blue or white fingers and even the palms of the hands. It can also occur in the feet, the ears and the nose.
- Tingling, numbness and/or pain in these same areas.
- In severe cases, tissue damage with ulceration, and even death of the same.
- Redness and burning sensation after the episode of cold.
How to treat Raynaud’s syndrome?
As in all diseases, it is always better to prevent than cure, so it is important that you avoid exposure to cold, especially in the extremities of the body. You wear gloves and socks whenever you can, even when you’re at home, and don’t wash your hands with cold water.
Avoid the cold is the best way to combat this disease. So, remember wrap up warm much as long as you can.