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Raynaud's Disease

Raynaud's disease is a disorder of the blood vessels supplying skin and is characterized by a cold, numb feeling in fingers, nose, ears, and/or toes in response to cold temperatures or stress. When someone is experiencing an attack, the blood vessels are narrowing and not supplying the normal amount of blood to these areas. Women are more likely to be affected by this condition along with those that live in cooler climates.

Raynaud's phenomenon has the same symptoms as Raynaud's disease but will usually affect both hands or both feet and is associated with an underlying condition. Causes of Raynaud's phenomenon include scleroderma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjrogren's syndrome, smoking, certain medications, and chemical exposure.

If you are experiencing these symptoms it is important to speak to a physician. The earlier the diagnosis can be made, the more beneficial certain treatments and preventative measures will be.

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