Raynaud's Disease | Diagnosis & Tests


How is Raynaud’s diagnosed?

Your doctor will likely check your medical history to find out if you have relatives with Raynaud’s or health conditions that are linked to Raynaud’s. Your doctor may ask about your symptoms, especially when you are cold or stressed.

A physical exam will help determine if you have Raynaud’s or some other problem that can cause similar symptoms. Your doctor may examine your fingernails to check the blood vessels there. He or she may trigger a Raynaud’s episode using cold water or air to see your response. Blood tests also may be used to identify the form of the disease or if other diseases are causing your symptoms.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 08/09