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Raynaud Phenomenon (cont.)

What Specialists Treat Raynaud's Phenomenon?

Raynaud's phenomenon is treated by a number of health-care professionals. Often, the diagnosis is made by the primary-care physician or a rheumatologist. Sometimes, the diagnosis may also be made by a dermatologist (skin doctor) or a vascular surgeon. When the disease is stable, the majority of patients follow up with their primary-care physician. Those who have flare-ups with ulcers of the fingertips may need to be seen by a vascular surgeon for removing the dead tissues. Vascular surgeons and rheumatologists also play an active role when deciding on medication treatment.

How Does a Doctor Diagnose Raynaud's Phenomenon?

Attacks of Raynaud's phenomenon are usually temporary. A doctor relies on your medical history to make a diagnosis of Raynaud's phenomenon. Unfortunately, there is no single laboratory test to make a diagnosis of Raynaud's phenomenon. If the doctor suspects that you may have Raynaud's phenomenon caused by a specific disease, he or she may take X-rays of your cervical spine and perform blood tests to check for antinuclear antibodies, rheumatoid factor, cryoglobulins, and serum protein electrophoreses. Occasionally, a doctor may perform angiography (injected dye) to determine the type and location of disease in the blood vessels.

Are There Home Remedies for Raynaud's Phenomenon?

Prevention is the best treatment.

  • Avoid exposure to cold environments if possible.
  • Wear warm clothing over hands, feet, and the entire body.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing in layers.
  • Avoid prolonged vibration to fingers.
  • Stop smoking or never start.
  • Learn methods to control stress.
  • Avoiding drinking too many caffeine-containing beverages.
  • If you already have Raynaud's phenomenon, take care of your feet and guard them against injury. Avoid walking barefoot, and do not wear tight garments or socks that limit blood flow to the hands and feet.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/3/2016
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