Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition that affects the skin on your toes and fingers. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we find that patients who have Raynaud’s are frequently surprised to find out that it is actually a real medical condition. Often times it is mistaken for “normal” reaction to the cold.
Below are some facts about Raynaud’s phenomenon:
- Symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon are a bluish-white discoloration of the toes or fingers after a person has been exposed to cold conditions. In severe cases, ulcer like wounds may form.
- There are two types of Raynaud’s phenomenon: Primary and Secondary. In patients with Primary Raynaud’s, the skin symptoms are the full extent of the disorder. In cases of Secondary Raynaud’s the condition is the result of an autoimmune disease or connective tissue disorder such as scleroderma or lupus. If you have symptoms of Raynaud’s our foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco may order blood tests to confirm or rule out another medical condition that could be a source of the Raynaud’s phenomenon.
- Other contributing factors to Raynaud’s include: genetics, certain medications, stress and smoking.
- Women are most often affected by the condition with current research indicating that as many as 15% of all women between the ages of 15 and 40 may have Raynaud’s.
- While there are medical and surgical options for severe cases of Raynaud’s, treatment primarily focuses on preventing the patient from being exposed to the cold. Wearing layers (it’s important to keep the whole body warm), socks, gloves and hats, avoiding the frozen food aisles in the grocery store and using a car starter to get the car warmed up before getting in it are all ways to avoid cold exposure.
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of Raynaud’s phenomenon contact our Somers Point office for an appointment by calling: (609) 927-4894.