|Dealing With Raynaud's|
|Friday, 22 January 2010 18:39|
Raynaud’s Disease, also known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon or Raynaud’s Syndrome, is a condition that decreases blood flow to body areas such as the hands or feet when exposed to cold temperatures.
Avoid Cold Exposure Inside and Outside:
Cold air (less than 60 degrees) may cause Raynaud’s attacks. Those with Raynaud’s Disease may lessen the number and severity of attacks by avoiding colder environments, both inside and outside. They may wish to also increase the temperature on the home thermostat or wear warmer clothing while indoors. For example, if reaching into the freezer causes an attack, wear mittens or gloves before opening the freezer door.
If needing to go outdoors during colder weather, you should wear warm, protective clothing, and consider layering.
Practical Tips for Keeping Hands and Feet Warm:
Although most with Raynaud’s experience symptoms in the hands and feet, other areas may also be affected.
Keeping the body warm can be simple and inexpensive:
According to the National Institute of Health’s online article “How is Raynaud’s Treated?” healthy lifestyle changes may improve Raynaud’s symptoms and include:
Identify and Avoid Triggers:
People with secondary Raynaud’s have a condition, such as systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), that is often associated with the resulting cold body areas. Proper treatment and control of symptoms of the primary condition combined with the practical tips above may be very helpful in controlling the Raynaud’s attacks without the use of medications.
According to a Journal of Family Practice article by Tagliarino et al., entitled "What is the evaluation and treatment strategy for Raynaud's Phenomenon?", emotional stress may play a role in causing symptoms in Raynaud’s. Reducing stress through breathing exercises, yoga, progressive relaxation, and other stress reduction techniques may help lessen the number and severity of Raynaud’s attacks.
Some medications may cause cold hands or other body areas associated with Raynaud’s. Before experimenting with any medication changes, always check with the prescribing healthcare provider first.
Treat Raynaud’s Without Medication or Surgery:
Seniors tend to experience more side effects with medications and may be considered high risk for surgery, but those with Raynaud’s Phenomenon may find relief for symptoms by incorporating simple lifestyle changes and home remedies. Making healthy changes, such as smoking cessation, stress reduction, and regular exercise, may have the added benefit of improving overall health as well.
For those of you logged in, please feel free to download Tagliariano et al's Journal Of Family Practice article, below.