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Doctors typically recommend measures that patients can do themselves when dealing with Raynaud's. Self-help strategies that can be used to help treat or avoid Raynaud's attacks include: taking action during an attack, keeping warn, and learning to control stress. By learning these and other Raynaud's self-help strategies, you can better control the situation during an attack and avoid potential complications.

What Are Raynaud's Self-Help Strategies?

Several non-drug treatments and self-help measures can decrease the severity of Raynaud's attacks and promote overall well-being. These Raynaud's self-help strategies include:
  • Taking action during an attack
  • Keeping warm
  • Controlling stress
  • Not smoking
  • Exercising regularly
  • Seeing a doctor if questions or concerns arise.
Take Action
An attack should not be ignored. Its length and severity can be lessened by a few simple actions. The first and most important action is to warm the hands or feet. In cold weather, people should go indoors. Running warm water over the fingers or toes or soaking them in a bowl of warm water will warm them. Taking time to relax will further help to end the attack. If a stressful situation triggers the attack, a person can help stop the attack by getting out of the stressful situation and relaxing. People who are trained in biofeedback can use this technique, along with warming the hands or feet in water, to help lessen the attack.
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