What is Raynaud's Disease?
Raynaud's Disease can cause sudden discolouration in the fingers and/or toes. Within this discolouration, there are 3 different phases. This is why Raynaud's is also called the ''tri-color syndrome''. Usually it starts with a white discoloration, this is due to the contracting blood vessels, which results in the blood not properly being transmitted to the skin. This is usually followed by the purple / dark blue discoloration, because the blood in the blood vessels does not flow properly. Finally, there will be a red colour due to the increased blood flow. This last phase of discoloration can last a whole lot longer and may be accompanied by wounds on the fingers or toes.
What causes Raynaud's Disease?
Raynaud's Disease can come in two forms, which are:
With this form, the vascular cramps and discolorations usually occur simultaneously in both hands. Sometimes complaints are also experienced in the toes or the tip of the nose. An attack can be caused by:
- A cold environment or touching a cold object
- Working with vibrating equipment and tools
- Powerful emotions such as fear, anger or grief
The secundary form of Raynaud's can be the result of a disease with abnormalities in the vascular wall. Examples of those diseases are, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Sjögren Syndrome. Certain medicines, such as beta-blockers can also cause this secundary form.
With this secundary form, there are often permanent abnormalities to the capillaries in the fingertips or toes. The attacks are similar to those in the primary form. The difference with the secundary form is that the attacks do not occur to both hands or feet at the same time.
Symptoms of Raynaud's Disease
The most common symptoms of Raynaud's Disease are:
- Your fingers discolour
- During an attack, your sense of feeling is reduced and a severe pain can occur
- In the ''red'' phase tingling and swelling can occur in the fingers
- A numb and dead feeling can occur in the fingers and toes
Most complaints limit themselves to the hand and feet, though they often occur in the tip of the nose and the earlobes as well.
Treatment of Raynaud's Disease
Treatment for this disease isn't always necessary. The following practical tips can contribute to the prevention of these annoying complaints.
- Dress warm
- Don't smoke
- Move around often
- Avoid stress
With the first tip, Podobrace can help you. In our assortment you'll find gloves and socks that will offer you compression and therefore stimulate the blood circulation. This stimulation can ease the pains caused by Raynaud's Disease.