Raynaud’s phenomenon causes blood vessels in your extremities to narrow in cold temperatures or during emotional excitement or stress — called a Raynaud’s attack. Most often, it occurs in your hands, fingers, feet, or toes, but it can also affect your lips, tongue, nose, or chin.
When blood circulation in your body is reduced, it can cause these areas to turn white or blue, accompanied by pain, tingling, or numbness. Once blood flow is restored, the affected area may be painful and turn red. In severe instances, which are rare, reduced blood flow can lead to sores and damaged tissue.
Raynaud’s phenomenon can occur on its own (primary) or as a result of something else (secondary), such as a disease that affects blood flow (like lupus or scleroderma), medications, or injuries. Primary Raynaud’s is more common in women and in those who live in cold climates.
Why Choose UHealth?
The latest treatments for Raynaud’s phenomenon. In addition to treating patients, our doctors are also researchers committed to improving health care. That means you receive care from specialists who are knowledgeable about the latest medical advancements.
Comprehensive care from a team of specialists. Raynaud’s phenomenon can be caused by another condition or from certain medicines, so our rheumatologists work with doctors in a full range of medical specialties to help you relieve symptoms. You get comprehensive, coordinated care from a team that’s focused on your overall health.
Expert guidance to help you manage symptoms and improve your quality of life. There are a variety of lifestyle changes you can make that can minimize your symptoms, such as regular exercise, keeping warm and dry, avoiding smoking, and managing stress. Your team will educate you about how to reduce the number and severity of attacks, as well as help you prevent damage to the affected areas.