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Raynaud's Phenomenon

What is Raynaud's Phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon is a condition in which the blood vessels in one area (usually fingers or toes) convulsively constrict more than normal, a process known as Raynaud's seizure phenomenon.

What is a Raynaud's phenomenon seizure?

The duration of a Raynaud's phenomenon seizure can vary, from a few minutes to several hours.

What can trigger a Raynaud's Phenomenon seizure?

How common is Raynaud's phenomenon?

Is Raynaud's phenomenon dangerous?

For the vast majority of people, the answer is no, even if they are experienced as very unpleasant episodes.

However, for a few, the blood supply during the seizures can become so limited that wounds and skin lesions can form.

If any of this sounds familiar, we recommend that you have a chat with your doctor, especially if you are one of those whose seizures result in injuries.

How do people get Raynaud's phenomenon?

In some, there may be a hereditary component.

Working with shock/vibrating tools increases the risk of getting Raynaud's phenomenon.

The majority (80-90%) of Raynaud's phenomena are cases of the primary variety.

Primary Raynauds fenomen

Primary Raynaud's phenomenon has no known underlying diseases, we are still not 100% sure what causes it.

Secondary Raynauds fenomen

Secondary Raynaud's phenomenon is due to one or more underlying diseases, some examples are:

How do you treat Raynaud's phenomenon?

Seizures with Raynaud's phenomenon are usually triggered by sudden temperature changes (e.g., touching something cold) or emotional stress).

The most important thing is to try to avoid what you know can trigger a seizure.

How to prevent Raynaud's phenomenon

Again, if any of this sounds familiar, we recommend talking to your doctor.