Shaking the Cold Hand of Raynaud’s Syndrome

December 24, 2009 |

What Treatment Options Exist For Raynaud’s Syndrome?

Using The Little Blue Pill To Treat Raynaud’s

Once diagnosed, there are many treatments available for those who require it. Numerous drugs can help to keep the blood vessels open and the blood flowing to where it is needed. Even the famous little blue pill for erectile dysfunction has been found to improve the circulation in the extremities (no inappropriate thoughts, please!). In some cases, however, the effects of the drugs have been found to decrease over time.

Managing Raynaud’s Syndrome With Ginkgo Biloba

Aside from medicinal drugs, other strategies for treatment also exist. In 1999, the World Health Organizaton (WHO) recommended the use of the common supplement Ginkgo Biloba for use in treating Raynaud’s. The supplement helps to open up the blood vessels and is readily available in many drug stores and online pharmacies.


Botox Treatments Can Help Raynaud’s Syndrome

More recently, the very familiar botulism injections like Botox have also been studied for benefit. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital found that the localized injections reduced the severity of vessel narrowing and limited the pain felt by patients with more severe forms of the condition. Given that these cases have been harder to treat, the finding of this option is good news for those with the condition.

Making Lifestyle Changes To Better Live With Raynaud’s

Ultimately however, for most people, Raynaud’s is a condition that is best treated by management of one’s lifestyle. Avoiding exposure to cold and keeping the extremities warm is obviously important. However, many commonly consumed drugs can also have an effect and should be avoided. The nicotine in cigarette smoke directly constricts the blood vessels as does the caffeine from soft drinks, coffee and non herbal teas. If you take medications for other conditions, it is important to discuss with your doctor or pharmacist to determine whether these drugs may also worsen the symptoms.

Red Wine Can Help Those With Raynaud’s

Not all your pleasures need be avoided however. In a study published in 2007 by researchers from institutions including Yale University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Medicine, researchers found that moderate red wine consumption reduced the risk of occurrence in women by 60% and in men by 78%. Given that it is the holiday season and all, here is to a nice glass of wine in front of the fireplace.

Related Links

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16804699

http://www.occup-med.com/content/3/1/13

http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/vascular/diseases/raynauds_disease.html

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0901/p923.html

http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/1999/9241545178.pdf

http://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/ebm/record/19258141/abstract/

http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(06)00686-3/abstract

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