Raynaud’s phenomenon, also known as Raynauds disease, is a condition in which blood flow to fingers, toes, the nose and/or the ears is interrupted as a result of exposure to cold or emotional stress.
Areas affected by Raynaud’s disesase often turn white, then blue, then red. Swelling and pain usually occur as well. Attacks of Raynaud’s phenomenon can last only minutes or take hours to subside. If the condition becomes severe, infection and ulcerations may occur, which can lead to gangrene.
Raynaud’s disease can be a primary illness, or it can occur as a result of another condition, such as scleroderma, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis. Prolonged use of vibrating tools has caused Raynaud’s phenomenon to develop in some people as well.
It is not known what causes the condition, but the symptoms of Raynaud’s are attributed to extreme tightening of blood vessels. As a result, blood cannot reach the tips of digits, the nose, or the ears, causing the discoloration, pain, and swelling that characterizes the Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Treatment of Raynauds Phenomenon
Treatment of Raynaud’s disease usually involves minimizing exposure to cold and stress, since those are the most common triggers of symptoms. In some cases, biofeedback can help to control symptoms, as can medications that dilate blood vessels.
Fish oil, such as Xtend Life Omega 3/Fish Oil Esters, has also shown promise in treating Raynaud’s disease. The fatty acids in fish appear to stimulate blood circulation, reducing the symptoms associated with Raynaud’s phenomenon.
Xtend Life Omega 3/Fish Oil Esters provide a pure source of omega-3 fatty acids that may
significantly improve symptoms of Raynaud’s
when taken regularly.
Some studies suggest that the oil in the capsules can be applied topically to extremities to further stimulate circulation.
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