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"Zombie Hands" puzzles doctors in the U.S.
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“Zombie Hands” puzzles doctors in the U.S.

By on September 27, 2017

As million of Americans suffer from this condition, the medical community tries to discover the mysteries behind the symptoms

People with fingers that turn white, then blue and red, when cold or even stressed are known to suffer from Raynaud’s Phenomenon, also known as “alien fingers”, or “zombie fingers”.

As there is no test for the condition and no treatment, doctors are trying to put together the information they have on the matter in order to be able to develop an efficient cure.

Since now, it has been observed that the most affected people are women, only 10 per cent of affected patients seek for treatment and the disease is often insidious and has no symptoms in its incipient stages. Nevertheless, blood tests do exist for diagnosing the condition in order to differentiate it from life-threatening illnesses, such as scleroderma or lupus.

Raynaud’s often causes spasms, attacks, pain, numbness usually affecting the body’s extremities. The phenomenon is thought to be an exagerated reaction of the sympathetic nervous system.

As October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month, charitable organizations, clothing producers and big pharma companies are trying to catch up with the needs of the people affected.

Meanwhile, until some effective cure will be developed, doctors can only prescribe drugs that dilate blood vessels, antibiotics or nitroglycerin patches, solutions that alleviate symptoms, yet still not effective enough to be considered a treatment.

Stay tuned for latest news on the matter.


About Laura Parvan

Medical professional, blogging passionate, with a high interest in social media impact on health-care information.