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Raynaud's Disease Treatments
Type of Anaesthetic:
Length of Procedure:
Around 15 minutes
Nights in Hospital:
Time off Work: Usually None
Back to Normal: around 2 days
Signs & Symptoms
During an attack of Raynaud's, affected areas of your skin usually first turn white. Then, the affected areas often turn blue and feel cold and numb. As you warm and circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red, throb, tingle or swell. The order of the colour changes isn't the same for everyone, and not everyone experiences all three colours.
Although Raynaud's most commonly affects your fingers and toes, the condition can also affect other areas of your body, such as your nose, lips, ears and even nipples. After warming, it may take 15 minutes for normal blood flow to return to the area.
With Raynaud's, arteries to your fingers and toes go into vasospasm when exposed to cold or stress, narrowing your vessels and temporarily limiting blood supply. Over time, these small arteries may thicken slightly, further limiting blood flow.
Cold temperatures are most likely to trigger an attack. Exposure to cold, such as putting your hands in cold water, taking something from a freezer or encountering cold air, is the most likely trigger. For some people, emotional stress can cause an episode of Raynaud's.
Types of Raynaud’s
There are two main types of the condition:
1) Primary Raynaud's. Also called Raynaud's disease, this most common form isn't the result of an underlying associated medical condition that could provoke vasospasm.
2) Secondary Raynaud's. Also called Raynaud's phenomenon, this form is caused by an underlying problem. Although secondary Raynaud's is less common than the primary form, it tends to be more serious. Signs and symptoms of secondary Raynaud's usually appear later in life — around age 40 — than they do for primary Raynaud's.
Causes of secondary Raynaud's include:
Aberdeen is one of the few centers in the UK specializing in Botulinum Toxin therapy for moderate to severe Raynaud’s disease. The aim of treatment is to inject the Botulium toxin near the blood vessels thereby reducing the spasm and improving blood flow. Results are usually obvious within 5 days of treatment and can lead to dramatic improvement in the quality of the skin.
Other treatment methods include Dressing for the cold in layers and wearing gloves or heavy socks, and this is usually effective in dealing with mild symptoms of Raynaud's.
Depending on the cause of your symptoms, medications may help treat Raynaud's. To widen (dilate) blood vessels and promote circulation, your GP may prescribe:
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