Lifestyle and home remediesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Other methods to control symptoms of mixed connective tissue disease include:
- Protect hands from cold. Raynaud's phenomenon, which causes cold and numb fingers, is a common symptom of mixed connective tissue disease. Wearing gloves and taking other measures to keep your hands warm can help.
- Stop smoking. Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, which can worsen the effect of Raynaud's phenomenon.
- Reduce stress. Raynaud's phenomenon is often triggered by stress. Relaxation techniques — such as slowing and focusing on your breathing — can help reduce your stress levels.
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