Women, the most affected

Does each time you feel stressed feel cold hands or change color? Maybe you are experiencing the Raynaud's phenomenon , a disease that affects the blood vessels of the hands and feet.

According to a study of the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) , in Brazil, the Raynaud's phenomenon It occurs when a person's blood vessels contract excessively when they feel cold or stressed.

The research specifies that when a person has an episode of this disease, the fingers and toes change color, that is, have a pale, blue (cyanosis) color and end up red.

For its part, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases ( NIAMS, for its acronym in English) indicates that the patient, in addition to having cold hands, feels numbness due to lack of blood circulation.

However, when the person relaxes, the flow of blood is regulated and you can feel a little pain or tingling in the fingers.

 

Women, the most affected

The NIAMS ensures that the Raynaud's phenomenon It occurs in people of any age, but it is more common in women or in individuals who live in cold climates. The disease can be hereditary, however, it has two ways of presenting:

 

  1. Primary: It appears by itself between 15 and 25 years, mainly in women.
  2. High school: It is recorded between 35 to 40 years in patients with connective tissue diseases such as scleroderma, Sjögren's syndrome and lupus.

Other causes that may trigger the Raynaud's phenomenon they are carpal tunnel syndrome, blood vessel disease, by the intake of medications for hypertension, migraine or cancer.

Specialists recommend going to a specialist for treatment and preventing damage to the tissues of the hands and feet, such as ulcers or gangrene.

If you have symptoms of this condition keep your hands warm, avoid air conditioning, do not smoke, control stress and perform some physical activity. And you, have you ever felt numbness and cold hands?


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