RP most frequently affects women, especially in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. The causes of RP are unknown. Commonly, RP manifests itself when you see your fingers and toes go through a three-phase color sequence. Initially, the digit(s) involved turn white due to a diminished blood supply. They then turn blue because of prolonged lack of oxygen, and finally, the blood vessels reopen, causing a local "flushing" phenomenon, which turns the fingers and toes red. This sequence (white to blue to red), most often occurring due to exposure to cold temperatures, is characterized of RP.
A secondary form of the disorder, known as Raynaud's disease, affects a small number of individuals and is usually found in association with another underlying systemic disorder. The symptoms are similar to RP, however, they tend to form an ulcer. Your podiatrist is an excellent source for diagnosis and treatment.
People with Raynaud's phenomenon or Raynaud's disease should take extra precautions to protect themselves from cold exposure.
For more information on Raynaud's phenomenon, visit our website: http://www.ctfootcare.com/raynauds-disease.html.
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