What is Raynaud’s disease?
Raynaud’s disease, also known as Raynaud’s Syndrome or Raynaud’s Phenomenon, is named after Maurice Raynaud, who first described this disease in the year 1862. It is a vascular disease in which the skin of the fingers, toes, nose or ears turn discoloured from pale to blue then red, due to spasm of the small blood vessels and reduced blood supply to the affected areas. This type of phenomenon usually occurs due to overreaction of the peripheral small blood vessels to cold temperatures or stress.
Due to reduced or complete shut down of the blood supply, firstly the digits or the affected part turns white, then due to lack of oxygen cyanosis happens, turning digits blue in colour, followed by rush of blood in the area, turning them red. This is the sequence of discolouration that takes place during Raynaud’s disease.
Raynaud’s phenomena can be accompanied by other medical conditions also, like arthritis, frostbite, or autoimmune diseases.
Women are estimated to be 9 times more likely to be affected by the disease as compared to men. People living in colder climates are more at risk.
Homeopathy medicines can very well manage the case of Raynaud’s disease. In AVI homeopathy, patients can not only get relief in his/her presenting symptoms, but also reduce the episodes of the disease and get treated for the underlying cause.
The causes of Raynaud’s disease are still not very clear, but abnormal nerve control of the peripheral blood vessels and hypersensitivity to cold temperatures are the contributing factors that cause this phenomenon. Other than that certain underlying medical conditions and lifestyle factors may also cause this disease, like-
- Certain medications that may cause narrowing of arteries, like beta blockers and amphetamines
- Autoimmune diseases like lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, or Sjögren’s syndrome
Factors that may trigger Raynaud’s phenomenon are-
- Cold temperatures
- Any emotional stress
- Using hand tools that causes vibrations, as it increase the risk of vasospasm
Sign and symptoms
Raynaud’s disease most commonly affects the fingers and the toes. However, it may also affect nose, lips, ears and nipples.
During the episode of Raynaud’s disease, when the sensitive parts become exposed to cold temperatures, firstly the skin colour changes to white. Then due to cyanosis they turn blue and become numb. Soon after there happens rush of blood into the area, and the circulation improves, the affected part becomes warm, red and swollen with tingling sensation. Around 15 minutes are required for the blood circulation to normalise in the affected area.
So the common sign and symptoms of Raynaud’s disease include-
- Cold fingers and toes
- Sequential colour changes in the affected part of the skin in response to cold climate or stress
- Prickly, tingling feeling with stinging pain when the blood rushes back to the affected part.
- Women are more likely to be affected as compared to men
- It can affect people from all ages, but it usually begin between the age of 15 and 30 years.
- People living in colder climates are more prone for this disease
- The risk of developing the disease increase if the first degree relative, like parents or siblings are suffering with the disease.
Doctor can confirm the diagnosis by taking the medical history and reviewing the physical symptoms of the patient. To confirm that the disease is not caused due to any underlying cause, he might perform nail fold capillaroscopy test to see the enlarged blood vessels under the base of fingernails.
The homeopathy medicines can effectively treat Raynaud’s disease. The medicines can reduce the intensity and of the episodes. Homeopathy medicines are the safest and side effects free method of treatment for curing this medical condition.
Homeopathy medicines also treat the root cause of the disease and gradually reduce the tendency towards this medical condition.
AVI homeopathy is the best homeopathy clinic in Jaipur to get rid of Raynaud’s disease in the most rapid, gentle and harmless way.