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What are the symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?

If you have Raynaud's phenomenon, you may experience the following:

  • fingers, and sometimes toes, change colour (white to blue, then red) when exposed to cold conditions
  • pain, tingling and numbness in the fingers or toes

These attacks often only last a few minutes, and you may find that moving into a warmer environment often stops the attack. With primary Raynaud’s phenomenon your fingers go back to normal after each attack.

The stages of colour changes seen in Raynauds

Attacks can be a nuisance and can cause you a lot of discomfort, but if you have primary Raynaud’s phenomenon they won't damage your fingers.

Secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon can be more severe and may rarely cause:

  • open sores (ulcers) on the fingers
  • loss of circulation and tissue at the fingertips (referred to as gangrene).

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