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Raynaud’s Syndrome

If your hands often feel cold for no apparent reason you may be suffering from something called Raynaud’s Syndrome, which is thought to affect as many as ten million people in the UK. Raynaud’s syndrome causes the blood vessels to narrow, which reduces blood flow to the hands causing them to go cold, lose their colour, turn blue and sometimes experience pins and needles type feelings. An ‘attack’ of Raynaud’s may last for anything between a minute and a few hours. Some cases have shown that the condition gets worse over time. Whilst the majority of cases are nothing to worry about, in some patients it can be caused by and underlying condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. To control symptoms self-care methods are usually recommended – like wearing gloves, keeping warm, drinking hot drinks (but cutting down on caffeine) and refraining from smoking. In more severe cases medication, sympathectomy or intravenous infusion therapy can be considered. Stress counselling has also proved very effective in some cases.

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My feet and hands are Almost always red and so cold, they never go white or blue so I don't have raynauds. I can't make sense of it because if they are red, shouldn't it mean they'd be hot because there's a lot of blood there? Theyve been like this since I was 12 and im now 16. When they do occasionally go a normal colour, they are warm. Do I have good or bad circulation and what should I do fix this? Please help me make sense of this





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My pores on my face are always blocked and clogged. Ive tried many things and visiting my GP. Ive used many different skin care products to clear my skin but it just ends up oily and clogged after an hour or so. Its nearly all over my face but really bad on my nose, chin and forhead. Its gotten worse over the years. Is there a diagnosis and is it curable? If so please help.





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go to a dermatologist now. I had bumps and small blisters under my eyes and nose. The dermatologist diagnosed it gave me some cream and a one month regiment of antibiotics. It cleared up in about 3 weeks. Google Rosacea. When I ask what ca;used it the DR said, Bad Luck. I think a lot of mine was associated with stress.

Since i was born i have had issues with my feet. From an early age i was diagnosed with Chilblaines, however more recently i have been told i have Raynauds. The problem is none of my problems seem to fit into the description of Raynauds and my problems are continuing to affect my feet on a daily basis. I'm not sure what do do about this moving forward as I have visited my GP countless times and have also had visits to the hospital.





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My hands turn cold for no reason which sometimes last for couple hrs. Also get numbness feeling in arm. When this happens it feels like someone is squeezing my elbow.





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About 2 weeks ago both of my feet and both of my hands started turning bright red even if I'm not cold. I can be in the house and it's the same thimg. It's got me really worried. November 3 I had fell and hurt my back really bad. I have a compressed fracture by my spine and having to wear a back brace. I don't know if this is caused from my stress or what. If someone knows please let me know. If someone has this same problem let me know please. It's so embarrassing when you go to the store and your hands are blood red. People don't say anything but they are looking and when I walk away I can hear the whispering. Besides being red sometimes they are cold as ice. Nothing I do will warm them up or make the red go away. Please any help would sure be appreciated. Thank you so much





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Just looked up why would my hands be bright red, just to my wrist and saw you concerns. This just started about3 hrs. ago. I have a Dr. appt. tomorrow morning to discuss my blood work I had done a weekago, so I've been stressed ever since. I'm wondering if the stress has anything to do with my hands. Sorry I don't have any answer for you, but wanted to share my concerns.

Why is it that when I'm at work my hands are always red and hot ?? When I get home and relax they seem more of a normal colour.. I'm a red head and 35 would this have anything to it thank you !!





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I was born with freezing cold hands. When I'm in temperatures that are at least around 20 degrees my hands look like I walked out a freezer. If the temperature is any lower than 10 degrees my hands turn purple/blue and have orange patches on top. The bad thing about this is in summer when my friends use my hands as ice packs





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I suspect I may have this. Only really noticed over the last year or two. Particularly in my left hand - even right now, it looks colder than my right hand. While back I read that more oats in my diet may help but there has been no difference since I started trying that. People always telling me my hands look cold is boring now and you can always see people looking at them, and yes they do look bright pink at times. At home they're not always bad, but outside or at work they're always like this. I could be boiling hot, yet if you looked at my hands, you wouldn't think so. Sometimes small purple/blue patches scatter over the back of my left hand. For as long as I can remember now I've had this tiny harmless looking red spot (barely even a speck)on the back of my left hand. When that hand looks cold, there's usually a radius of about 5 or 6mm of normal coloured skin - singled out on a cold hand. Just looks odd!





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When that hand looks cold, there's usually a radius of about 5 or 6mm of normal coloured skin **AROUND THAT SPOT** - singled out on a cold hand. Just looks odd!

My hands are ice cold all the time while the rest of my body is warm why is this?





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My toes are discolored now, feel colder very often, skin is peeling, and sweats more than usual. Why is this? the discoloration has not changed back to normal yet either. Im very worried.





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