Raynaud’s syndrome is a condition which happens when there is a change in temperature and the fingers and toes have a restriction in blood supply. This lead them to turn white or blue, and is followed by feelings of numbness or pain. It can also affect the lips, nose, ears and nipples although this is rare.
The attacks can last anything from a couple of minutes to hours.
Your doctor may perform the following tests to confirm a diagnosis-
Cold stimulation test, this will determine how quickly a body part such as your finger can return to normal after being exposed to cold.
Nail fold capillaroscopy, this will help your doctor to see if you have any abnormalities with the size of your arteries.
If you have any other autoimmune diseases such as Lupus your doctor may conduct the additional tests ANA (anti nuclear antibody), CRP (C-reactive protein), ESR (erythrocyte sediment rate),
Here is what we know about Raynaud’s syndrome
It is commonly linked to Scleroderma, Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus.
Attacks can be triggered by stress, migraine medication, beta blockers (medication for blood pressure), the oral contraceptive pill and some heart medications.
Alcohol, smoking and caffeine can cause a dilation in blood vessels resulting in an attack.
Exercise can improve circulation and reduce the severity of Raynaud’s.
It is more common with females aged between 15 and 45 years.
In severe cases gangrene can develop.
A family history of Raynaud’s syndrome increases your risk of getting it.
Keeping warm during the colder months and reducing stress can help.
Ginger and chilli which improve circulation can help to reduce attacks.
The herb Gingko bilboa is very good at improving blood flow to the extremities and is a good supplement for Raynaud’s syndrome.