Life 48 _ RAYNAUD’S DISEASE _ Prevent and Treat
Raynaud’s syndrome or Raynaud’s disease is named after the French Doctor Maurice Raynaud, who first described this phenomenon in 1862.
Raynaud’s syndrome is the constriction of the arteries reducing blood flow to tissues and cells. The disease usually manifests in the fingers. There are also a few cases of diseases which also occur in the toes and although rare, but can also occur in the nose, lips, ears and nipples.
In case of cold or stress, the above mentioned areas of the body may feel pain and cold. At the same time, the color of the skin turns white and blue. Once the temperature has improved or the mind calms down, the affected areas are re-perfused and turn red with a burning sensation, throbbing pain, or even swelling.
Raynaud’s syndrome usually lasts for a few minutes but can also last for hours.
The incidence of Raynaud’s syndrome represents about 4% of the population and is more common in cold climates. Women are 9 times more likely to have this disease than men.