Causes and risk factors
Women are more likely to get ill (the ratio of men and women is 9 to 1). The primary syndrome, as a rule, has a mild form. Secondary syndrome often occurs in adolescence and slowly progresses in the following decades.
Smoking significantly increases the severity of symptoms.
Some types of work, such as those involving the constant use of pneumatic hammers, seem to predispose to the development of this phenomenon.
Which are the symptoms?
The affected vessels undergo spasm, close for a short time (5-20 minutes), and reduce the amount of blood that supplies the affected areas. Episodes usually do not cause irreparable damage. Seizures are caused by touching cold objects, exposure to cold, or emotional factors. During an acute attack, the most common symptoms are:
- swelling and tingling;
- discoloration (first pallor, then cyanosis);
- loss of sensitivity;
- dull or throbbing pain in the extremities.
Secondary forms of Raynaud’s phenomenon may be associated with the formation of ulcers.
How is it diagnosed?
The disease is detected during a medical examination, collecting the patient’s medical history and microscopic examination of the vessels on the fingers (capillaroscopy)
How is it treated?
- prevention of exposure to sudden temperature changes;
- quitting smoking cigarettes;
- avoiding emotional stress.
Drug therapy includes vasodilators and prostanoids.
During the Raynaud’s episode, it is recommended to remain calm and move to a warm room, rub your fingers, wave your hands to improve blood circulation, and water the affected areas with warm (not hot) water.