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can you please tell me if you are talking about Thromboangitis Obliterans?
If that is it, then it is more commonly called Buerger's Disease
Can you tell me some more about your symptoms?
What other medical problems do you have?
What medications do you take?
Just to make sure, you are not talking about Raynoud's disease are you?
The information is for a cousin in Portugal who was recently diagnosed with the disease.
The symptoms are a discoloration of the hands skin when in contact with cold objects like when picking up things from the refrigerator; the fingers turn white. I believe she is under medication but I would like to know if there are any alternative treatments that can alleviate or cure the symptoms.
What you describe sounds like it is more likely to be Raynoud's than Renault's.
From what I can tell, Renault's is another name for thromboangitis obliterans which is also called Buerger's disease.
Buerger's is more common in younger men.
Raynoud's is more common in women.
The mechanism (what causes it to happen) is not completely clear
It is known that it comes in two forms. There is Raynoud's disease which is when the problem is isolated and there are no other associated problems, as opposed to Raynoud's phenomenon where there is another cause, often it is found to be an autoimmune problem.
Here is more information about Raynoud's disease.
whoops - here is that link. There is a ton of more information including causes and treatments as you asked initially.
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