What are my treatment options for Raynaud’s Syndrome?
The goal for treatment of Raynaud’s, is to reduce the number and severity of attacks, prevent tissue damage, and treat any underlying diseases or conditions. Keeping hands and feet warm when in cold environments, avoiding medications that may cause narrowing of the blood vessels, and quitting smoking are very important. Additional treatments include the following:
- Calcium channel blockers: These medications relax and open the small blood vessels of your hands and feet, which decreases the number and severity of attacks; an example would be the drug Norvasc.
- Alpha blockers: These medications counteract a hormone in the body that causes constriction or narrowing of your blood vessels; an example would be the drug Cardura
- Vasodilators: These medications relax the blood vessels and may help heal skin ulcers on the fingers or toes; an example would be the drug nitroglycerin
- Sympathectomy surgery: During this procedure, small incisions are made in your affected hands or feet, and the tiny nerves around your blood vessels are stripped away. This may reduce the frequency and duration of attacks.
- Botox or anesthetic injections: Injections of these substances are made into the nerves of your affected hands and feet. This procedure may need to be repeated to continue to decrease the rate and duration of attacks.