Raynaud Phenomenon (cont.)
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What Are Raynaud's Phenomenon Risk Factors?
Some people are more likely to develop Raynaud's phenomenon compared to others. Risk factors that have been identified include the following:
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Raynaud's Phenomenon?
Attacks of Raynaud's phenomenon may be harmless and resolve on their own, especially if you have reversible causes and no underlying serious internal disease. However, your doctor may suggest ways to manage and treat the disease.
Call your doctor in the following instances:
If you have continuing discoloration of the fingertips or on parts of your arms or legs, or if it appears that skin breakdown or ulcerations may be present, prompt medical evaluation is needed.
What Are Symptoms and Signs of Raynaud's Phenomenon?
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When someone has an attack of Raynaud's phenomenon, the small arteries of the arms and legs go into spasm or become narrow, which limits blood flow to the distal organs. The tissues become deprived of the blood's oxygen, which causes color changes in the skin. However, it should be understood that Raynaud's phenomenon is not the same as frostbite.
The Raynaud's phenomenon attack usually lasts a few minutes, although sometimes it may last several hours.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/3/2016
Steven S. Bhimji, MD, MSc, PhD
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