Raynaud’s Disease (RP)
Veterinarian Reviewed on June 17, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Raynaud’s Disease (RP)
Raynaud’s disease (RP) is a problem which makes some parts of your body numb and cool in response to the trigger of cold temperature and the bouts of stress. It mainly includes fingers, toes and the tip of your nose and ears. In this case, the smaller arteries, which supply blood to your skin marrow, limit the process of blood circulation to the diseased parts. Women suffer more from this disease than men. In fact, people living in colder regions are also more prone to this illness. A poor supply of the blood to the different parts of body results in skin color changes, cold fingers and toes and the occurrence of sores and lesions which do not go easily.
This blood-related disease is caused by an overreaction of the blood vessels in response to cold temperature and the strokes of stress. When a person sits in cold atmosphere then the blood vessels in his body become narrow and reduce the supply of blood to the fingers and toes. There are mainly two types of this blood illness – primary and secondary Raynaud’s disease. The first one is the most common form of this blood problem and it mainly affects the fingers and toes. Basically, a genetic or hereditary link gives rise to this disease. Women and people living in colder regions are more at the risk of this illness. However, the secondary form of this poor circulation illness is more severe than the primary one. Some of the common causes of this form are-
2.Eating disorders like Bulimia and anorexia
4.Scleroderma, a disease which gives rise to the hardening of the connective tissues
7.Carpal tunnel syndrome
8.The diseases which affect the arteries like atherosclerosis
9.Excessive use of beta-blockers
10.Some chemotherapy agents and the use of cold and flu medications.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Some of the main signs and symptoms of this blood disease are described below:
Numbness is one of the most commonly reported signs of this circulation disorder. It occurs in fingers and toes. In some cases, numbness occurs along with tingling sensations in the earlobes, nose and lips parts. And this sign gets worse in a cold temperature and due to the stroke of a stressful event or condition.
The fingers, toes, hands and feet may feel cold
– Your skin may turn blue or white in color
– There may arise a loss of sensory perception
– One may face the problem of mild swelling of the skin
-There may occur redness on the skin with throbbing and tingling feelings
The treatments for this blood disease help to reduce the frequency of the attacks and prevent tissue damage. There are a lot of methods that serve this purpose. It mainly includes conventional medical treatments, biofeedback, herbal and homeopathic remedies. Mainly, biofeedback helps to control the temperature of the hands and increase the flow of the blood to the diseased parts. It includes training of the body to control various responses to stress and pressure. This way, your immunity increases to fight with this trigger.
There are some fine lifestyle changes that help to treat this circulation disease. Have a look at some of them:
Wear warm clothes and cover yourself with hats and gloves. You should not play carelessly with your covering-up task in winters at any cost, to prevent the sight of this illness.
Exercise regularly for about 30 minutes daily. It will make your body warm. For this purpose, you can do walking, biking and swimming.
Do not smoke as it can aggravate your ill condition.
- Talk to a good medical expert if you are suffering from a severe form of such disease.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan