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Raynaud syndrome Awareness Month | Derby Private Health

The month of February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month, which aims to increase public knowledge of Raynaud syndrome, what causes it and how it can be treated at Derby Private Health.

We have spoken to one of our Specialist Hand and Upper Limb Consultant, Mr Tim Cresswell, to give some insight into Raynaud syndrome and answered some of the frequently asked questions about the condition.

What is Raynaud syndrome?

Mr Cresswell: “Raynaud syndrome or phenomenon is when fingers, or toes, go white after a stress event and then turn blue before going red and start burning. It is caused by spasm of the small blood vessels which supply blood to the hand and is often in response to cold temperatures.”

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Mr Tim Cresswell – Consultant in Hands & Upper Limbs


What causes Raynaud syndrome?

Mr Cresswell: “It can be triggered by stress. Primary Raynaud’s is when there is no known cause. Secondary Raynaud’s is when there is an identifiable cause such as smoking, connective tissue disorders (lupus, scleroderma and so on), trauma and some hormonal issues or some contraceptive pills.

“It occurs in 4 out of 100 people and is more common in women and in cold climates and typically starts between 15 and 30 years of age. Most management is aimed at avoiding the cold and keeping your core warm and stopping smoking or nicotine replacement. Avoidance of vibrating tools can help.”

When should I seek medical advice and attention if I think I am suffering with Raynaud syndrome?

Mr Cresswell: “Medical treatment can help in severe situations when sores or gangrene occur. There is no evidence to support alternative remedies.”

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What treatments are on offer at Derby Private Health for Raynaud syndrome?

Mr Cresswell: “Derby Private Health can help with diagnosis and management. After an evaluation, a review of trigger factors will help in most cases. Medication is sometimes required and can include vessel dilators, aspirin and nitrate patches, and others for critical situations and lung complications.

“Surgery can be used as a last resort to release the nerves that control the spasm of the blood vessels or to amputate when gangrene has occurred. Botox has been used in a small number of studies to reduce pain.”

To find out more or arrange a consultation, email us at dhft.privatepatients@nhs.net or call us now on 01332 785200