There is no cure for primary
Raynaud's phenomenon, although the condition often can
be effectively controlled. You may be able to limit or reduce the severity of
attacks by keeping warm; managing emotional stress; and avoiding medicines or
other substances that affect blood flow, such as nicotine, caffeine, or cold
medicines that contain pseudoephedrine. Avoiding beta-blockers, which are often
used to treat high blood pressure and fast or irregular heart rates, is also
advised. Beta-blocker medicines slow the heart rate and decrease how forcefully
the heart contracts, causing even less blood to flow through your capillaries
and making symptoms of Raynaud's worse. Do not stop taking medicines your doctor has
prescribed, such as beta-blockers, without talking with your doctor.
If Raynaud's phenomenon can't be effectively controlled with home
treatment and it interferes with your daily activities, your doctor may
prescribe medicines that help increase blood flow and relieve symptoms. These medicines might include a high blood pressure medicine such as a calcium channel blocker, a nitroglycerin ointment, or an erection-enhancing medicine such as sildenafil (Viagra).
If your mother or grandmother had a knee or hip replacement, the odds are good she was in her late 60s or 70s when she opted for the surgery, and it was a "last resort" decision -- either get a new knee or start using a cane or a wheelchair.
That's not today's joint replacement surgery. With the baby boom generation hitting their 60s -- the age at which joints start to hurt and ultimately give out -- more and more people are seeking knee and hip replacements to maintain their active lifestyle.
Some alternative treatments have shown promise in
treating Raynaud's phenomenon. But they have not been shown to work for everyone. Examples of alternative treatment include herbal supplements and biofeedback training.
If the condition is related to another disease,
a drug, or a specific activity (secondary Raynaud's), treating the disease or stopping the drug or activity may also reduce the symptoms of