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A 20-year-old male asked:

When my hands are by my side for a period of time they go bright red, but painless and not swollen. the same sometimes happens to my feet. is this bad?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Could be Raynauds: Not dangerous if it is raynauds.
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Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 15 years experience
Raynaud's phenomenon: Is this condition worst with cold weather? Raynaud's phenomenon is an exaggeration of vasomotor responses to cold or emotional stress. It causes extreme vasoconstriction (closing off) of the peripheral blood vessels, leading to tissue hypoxia (reddish/purple color of skin).
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