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Raynaud’s disease causes spasms in small arteries in various places throughout the body during emotional stress or exposure to cold. This vascular condition is rare and is sometimes known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, Raynaud’s syndrome, or Raynaud’s disorder. Raynaud’s disease usually affects the fingers, but it can also occur in the lips, nipples, ears, nose, and toes. The spasms are painful but aren’t life threatening.
Dignity Health is a nationally recognized leader in heart and vascular care. Cardiovascular services are offered at our St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center locations. We provide a full range of care for Raynaud’s disease in Arizona by a team of cardiologists, nurses, therapists, dietitians, specialists, and technicians. Find a Doctor by calling 844.852.0648 or using our online tool.
Raynaud’s disease is classified as primary or secondary. When Raynaud’s disease occurs by itself it is considered primary Raynaud’s. The cause of primary Raynaud’s disease is not known.
Secondary Raynaud’s is caused by another health issue such as:
Secondary Raynaud’s is the most common type of Raynaud’s disease. It usually improves or cures itself in time.
Raynaud’s disease causes spasms of blood vessels in response to cold or during emotional stress. Symptoms may include:
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Raynaud’s disease. Lifestyle changes that promote relaxation and focus on avoiding exposure to cold can help reduce the severity and frequency of Raynaud’s disease attacks. Simple things, such as warming up your car during cold weather and wearing gloves in the winter, can help maintain your quality of life if you have Raynaud’s disease. Keeping affected areas, such as your feet, warm, dry, and clean, will help prevent ulcers, infections, and sores.
When a medical intervention is necessary, it usually involves taking a prescription drug. Surgery is rarely used to treat Raynaud’s disease.