What is Raynaud's phenomenon?
Raynaud’s phenomenon causes the blood supply to your fingers or toes to be reduced in cold or emotionally stressful conditions, which results in discomfort and the affected areas changing colour. Read more
What are the symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?
Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon include your fingers and sometimes toes changing colour when exposed to cold conditions, as well as painful, tingling and numb fingers or toes. Read more
Who gets Raynaud's phenomenon?
Primary Raynaud’s phenomenon usually affects young women and teenage girls. But it can also occur in men, children and older people, especially if it occurs in association with other conditions (secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon).
What causes Raynaud's phenomenon?
We don’t fully understand why some people experience reduced blood supply to the fingers and toes in response to particular situations, although we do know the blood supply is controlled by the nerves. Read more
What is the outlook for Raynaud's phenomenon?
Most people with Raynaud’s phenomenon will always have the condition. But if there’s an underlying cause, then it’s sometimes possible to remove or treat this. Read more
How is Raynaud's phenomenon diagnosed?
Your doctor will usually make a diagnosis of Raynaud's phenomenon based on your symptoms. You may need tests to detect whether you have the primary or secondary form of the condition. Read more
What treatments are there for Raynaud's phenomenon?
If you have primary Raynaud’s you may be prescribed nifedipine or amlodipine. Keeping warm in cold weather and not smoking will also help ease your symptoms. Read more
What else should I know about Raynaud's phenomenon?
In some rare cases, Raynaud’s phenomenon may suddenly become more severe. You should be aware of the particular symptoms because it may need urgent attention. Read more