Raynaud’s disease can make your fingers or toes throb and pale when they are cold or under stress. The cause of primary Raynaud’s disease is not known, so it’s not yet curable. However, there is a lot you can do to relieve symptoms. Available treatments offer many people relief.
While Raynaud’s disease may sound rare to you, our doctors and staff at Dignity Health Southern California have helped many patients with Raynaud’s disease reduce their pain and get back to enjoying quality lives. We serve our patients with compassion and understanding. You can count on us for specialized, comprehensive Raynaud’s treatment in Southern California. Find a Doctor online and visit one of our convenient locations in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino.
Preventing Raynaud’s Disease
To minimize your risk of of secondary Raynaud’s, caused by an injury or other health condition, your Dignity Health Southern California doctor may suggest taking these steps:
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid industrial chemicals or wear protective gear if you must handle them.
- Avoid repetitive motion activities like typing.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any nonprescription medications you use. Some of them can cause your blood vessels to constrict and trigger a Raynaud’s disease attack.
Raynaud’s Treatment at Dignity Health Southern California
If you have mild Raynaud’s attacks that don’t occur often, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help you live better with Raynaud’s disease. If your attacks are severe, occur often, or cause sores on your fingers or toes, medications may be recommended.
Treatment options for Raynaud’s include:
- Medications to promote better blood flow to your limbs
- Avoiding medications that restrict blood flow such as migraine headache drugs
- Quitting smoking — smoking narrows your blood vessels and blocks blood flow
- Wearing gloves to protect yourself from the cold
- Caring for your feet and skin to prevent sores, ulcers, and infection
- Exercising regularly to promote blood flow
- Practicing relaxation techniques to help you avoid attacks of Raynaud’s triggered by stress
- Surgery may be performed, but it is rarely necessary
Your doctor will explain all of your treatment options, answer your questions, and partner with you to find the best solution.
Dignity Health doctors and staff put humanity in health care as they provide expert Raynaud’s treatment in Southern California.