Ask the Rheumatologist: Latest Answer
Travis from Calgary asks: Do rheumatologists treat Raynaud’s phenomenon?
Raynaud’s is a condition where upon exposure to cold, the peripheral parts of the body – fingers and toes, but sometimes nose or ears – can become painful and change colours from white to blue to red. It is certainly a condition that rheumatologists may see. Raynaud’s can occur in individuals “just because”, often starting as a young adult. It can also happen in association with other rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma. A rheumatologist can assess a person for Raynaud’s, make suggestions to help, and also ensure the person does not have any underlying rheumatic disease too.