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Raynaud's Phenomenon

Raynaud's Phenomenon is a condition affecting the small arteries of the fingers and toes.

What to look for
When it's cold the arteries go into spasm and the fingers and toes become numb, pale and cold. They then turn blue in colour because of the poor circulation, when they warm up however they turn red  and the person will experience a burning pain.

Raynaud's phenomenon is a genetic disorder. Other causes may include sensitivity to certain drugs, Atherosclerosis, Compression of the main arteries in the arm, Occupational hazards such as using a pneumatic drill and Sclerderma. If you suffer from Raynaud's Phenomenon you should avoid the cold and should not be smoking, since Nicotine causes the blood vessels to constrict.

When to seek further professional advice
If you think you have Raynaud's Phenomenon or have been experiencing the above mentioned symptoms.

Alternative Treatment

Homeopathy, Autogenic Training, Reflexology, yoga, Acupuncture, and radionics among others prove to be successful in treating Raynaud's Phenomenon.

Traditional Treatment

Keeping warm by means of warm clothing will help reduce the arterial spasm. Various drugs are used to relax the muscles in the artery walls, including calcium antagonists. Occasionally there may also be surgical disconnection of the nerve supply to the affected area.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00