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Child suffers from painful cold hands, feet. Diagnosed with Raynauds. How to get relief?

My 13 year old suffers with painful cold hands and feet since she was very young and the GP last year diagnosed her with Raynauds. She hasn t been given any medication nor had any blood test . Is raynauds common in children and how do I make sure it isnt anything else and how do I help her pain relief ? Thanks, Concerned Mum
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query,
Raynauds Phenomenon is a transient vasospasm of peripheralferal vessels mostly affecting fingers of hands and feet.This is triggered by cold exposure or stress.
Tests are carried to see other organ functions and secondary raynauds phenomenon.
these patients are advised to avoid conditions that aggravate the condition like cold,vibration,trauma.
Keep your daughter covered during winters.
soak hands and feet in warm water at first sign of attack.

pediatric rheumatologist should be consulted for proper management.

Wishing your daughter good health.
God bless.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Geriatrics Specialist Dr. Surendiran Gaj's  Response
hi there,
am dr.surendran
nice to meet you here in HCMagic
i completely understand your problem
Reynauds disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers, toes, the tip of your nose and your ears — to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress.
In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas.
There is no blood test for diagnosing Raynaud's phenomenon.
Diagnosing reynauds
In patients with the characteristic sequence of skin-color changes of the digits upon cold exposure, diagnosing RP is not difficult. Sometimes, certain patterns in the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) adjacent to the fingernails of patients with RP can be seen using a magnifying viewing instrument.
treatment of Raynaud's phenomenon involves protection of the digits,
1emotional stresses,
2 cold temperature,
3and tools that vibrate the hands
hope helped your query
regards dr.surendiran hcmagic

Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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