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My fingers turn white in the cold weather and then go purple and then normal colour. Can be quite painful please help?

My fingers turn white in the cold weather and then go purple and then normal colour.   Can be quite painful     please help?

Raynaud's: This is a classic presentation for raynaud's phenomena. It is disease where the peripheral arteries of the hand will spasm in response to temperature changes. Raynauds can be associated with an underlying medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, or many times is an isolated entity. There are medicines that are used to control symptoms if sufficiently symptomatic - and rarely surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. James Seibold
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Raynaud's Phenomenon (Definition)

Raynaud's disease is a primary vasospastic process that usually involves the fingers or toes and is worsened by cold, stress, vibration. Raynaud's phenomena is assoc. With other collagen vascular diseases such as lupus, etc. It is a vasospastic process that compounds the microvascular occlusive disease present in some ...Read more


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My fingers turn white when i get cold and I have a lump on my wrist - could this be carpel tunnel? Nothing hurts yet - i sleep on my hands too.

My fingers turn white when i get cold and I have a lump on my  wrist - could this be carpel tunnel? Nothing hurts yet - i sleep on my hands too.

2 things: The white fingers could be raynaud's phenomenon -- the simple treatment is to always keep your hands warm (wear mittens and not gloves in the cold). The lump on your wrist is most likely a ganglion cyst -- it may resolve spontaneously or never really bother you enough to do anything with it. You could take meds if your fingers become painful; you could have surgery is your cyst gets in the way. ...Read more

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My fingers turn grey when cold. .. is this bad?

My fingers turn grey when cold. .. is this bad?

Raynaud's?: There is a fairly common condition called Raynaud's syndrome, in which blood vessels constrict abnormally when cold. It's usually just a comfort issue, but rarely cases it is an early sign of a more serious problem, or can be so bad it results in dangerously reduced blood supply to the fingertips. Google it for more info and photos. Tell your parents, and see your doctor for professional advice. ...Read more

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What are some reasons why my fingers are always cold?

What are some reasons why my fingers are always cold?

Circulation: Get evaluated by your physician as it could be signs of poor circulation. It could be a vasculitis or peripheral vascular disease. If you smoke, stop! have your circulation evaluated to prevent potential complications. ...Read more

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Why do cold fingers worry you more than warm fingers?

Why do cold fingers worry you more than warm fingers?

Poor circulation: Cold fingers may be a sign of diminished blood flow into the finger. If bad enough ulcers may develop, finger will be painful, and healing compromised. ...Read more

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When it's cold, my fingers swell. What could be causing this?

When it's cold, my fingers swell. What could be causing this?

Angio-edema: This is ussualy related to medication. Go over your list of meds with pharmacist and see if any have this side effect. Also reflex sympathetic dystrophy or also know as complex regional pain syndrome or causalgia can cause swelling on cold exposure. ...Read more

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Why do your fingers swell when being warmed after being exposed to the cold?

Why do your fingers swell when being warmed after being exposed to the cold?

Circulation: Cold constricts blood vessels heat dilates blood vessels wider vessels mean more circulation and hence more "fluid" and a bit more swelling. There systemic pathologies that could be at play though, so if unsure consult with an md. ...Read more