Raynauds Disease


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Raynaud's Disease

Raynaud’s disease (or Raynaud’s phenomenon) is a circulatory condition that can affect the hands, feet, ears and nose. With Raynaud’s, the smooth muscles that control the small arteries in the hands, feet, ears and nose begin to contract (this is called a vasospasm) and cause the arteries to shrink. This narrowed passage restricts the blood flow to one or more areas, and results in a numb or cold sensation, along with color changes in the skin. Raynaud’s is often brought on by extremely cold temperatures or stress, and is more common among women. Dressing in warmer clothing and practicing stress-relief activities is usually all that is needed to control the symptoms of Raynaud’s disease. In more severe cases, medication can be taken to reduce the symptoms and prevent the arteries from contracting.
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