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Re: [IP] raynauds syndrome

> what is raynaud's syndrome?


"Raynaud's phenomenon is a condition that causes a loss of blood flow to the
fingers, toes, nose or ears. The affected areas turn white from the lack of
circulation, then blue and cold, and finally numb. When the attack subsides,
the affected parts may turn red and may throb, tingle or swell.

Raynaud's phenomenon may be accompanied by other diseases such as
scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, carpal tunnel
syndrome, and forms of vascular irritation and obstruction.

Millions of people in the United States live with the condition of Raynaud's
phenomenon. The condition is more common in women than in men. In its mild
form, the symptoms can be frightening and a nuisance. In its severe form,
the symptoms can be painful and disabling. When accompanied or complicated
by other diseases, the symptoms can become crippling, and may eventually
lead to ulceration, gangrene and, in very severe cases, amputation of the
affected digits. "



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