Cooler weather is already hard to tolerate for most people. However, if you have pain in your fingers or toes, you may have a rare cardiovascular condition known as Raynaud’s disease. The pain and discomfort you feel is due to spasms in your blood vessels which interrupt blood flow.
Dignity Health Central California cardiologists understand Raynaud’s disease, also known as Raynaud’s syndrome or Raynaud’s phenomenon, and can help you with your symptoms. Find a Doctor to help relieve your discomfort and put together a personalized treatment plan for Raynaud’s disease in Central California.
Identifying Raynaud’s Disease Causes at Dignity Health Central California
The most common Raynaud’s disease symptom is pain in your fingers. Discomfort in your toes, ears, nose, lips, or nipples is also common.
You may experience other symptoms, such as numbness or a cold feeling, as blood returns to the area. When blood flow returns to the affected body part, your skin can turn white or become red, as well as throb or burn.
Raynaud’s disease can be either a primary or secondary condition. Your Dignity Health Central California heart doctor will determine if you have no other medical condition that can cause similar symptoms. If this is the case, your type of Raynaud’s is considered primary and will improve with time. Primary Raynaud’s is the most common type.
If you have additional health conditions, such as arthritis or lupus, secondary Raynaud’s can develop. Secondary Raynaud’s, or Raynaud’s phenomenon, also can be caused from:
- Medications, especially those that constrict your arteries
- Damage from repeated motion
- Chemical exposure
- Feet or hand injuries
Prevention of Raynaud’s Disease
While there is no cure for Raynaud’s disease, your Dignity Health Central California doctor will talk to you about treatments to prevent symptoms from returning. Relaxation, wearing gloves, and warming up your car in cooler weather will help you ease the pain associated with Raynaud’s disease.
Contact a Dignity Health Central California doctor to find out more about Raynaud’s disease.
Dignity Health Central California cardiology doctors effectively treat Raynaud’s disease in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.