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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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What disease can make your fingers/toes turn white in the cold?

What disease can make your fingers/toes turn white in the cold?

Raynaud's : Raynauds syndrome can be isolated or part of an underlying autoimmune disease. Raynauds syndrome is when the blood vessels in your hands and feet go into spasm.(vasospasm). This causes a decrease in blood flow and reduced oxygen in the area. The reduction in oxygen causes the color in your feet and hands to turn white, then blue and finally red once the blow flow has returned to the area. ...Read more

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When i get cold my fingers sometimes become numb and turn white at the tips? Why does this happen?

I'm : I'm assuming it's both hands... Without seeing you, my best guess would be some sort of vasospasm of the small blood vessels under your skin. Raynaud's disease / phenomenon is probably the most commonly known vasospastic disease. I'm not sure whether you should start with a neurologist, rheumatologist or more likely, your primary care physician, who'd be able to assess the situation and make a more appropriate referral. ...Read more

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My hands are usually cold. Lately, certain fingers will lose their color and turn white at the tips. Try warm them 5-10 mins. Get color back. Norma?

My hands are usually cold.  Lately, certain fingers will lose their color and turn white at the tips.  Try warm them 5-10 mins. Get color back.  Norma?

Raynaud: This a phenomenon called raynaud. It could be isolated or symptom of a disease. You need to be careful and keep hands warm. ...Read more

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My husband is healthy male but his left middle finger will turn really white .It seems when hands are cold.Any idea why.Also recent cist on wrist?

My husband is healthy male but his left middle finger  will turn  really white .It seems  when hands are cold.Any idea why.Also recent cist on  wrist?

Raynaud's phenomenon: This sounds like raynaud's phenomenon. Some people have spasm of the blood vessels in their fingers when they are cold, and this leads to color changes, sometimes in all the fingers. Avoiding cold exposure and smoking are helpful. Occasionally this condition can be associated with other problems, and having a doctor check this out could be helpful. ...Read more

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My mothers index finger turn completly white when its cold weather. The rest of her fingers seems to have well circulation. Why does that happen?

My mothers index finger turn completly white when its cold weather. The rest of her fingers seems to have well circulation. Why does that happen?

Raynaud's Phenomenon: Raynaud's is common and occurs when the tiny blood vessel's constrict / spasm and there is a temporary slowing of blood to the fingers. Cold temp. Can trigger it. It can be caused by a different disease like scleroderma or have no underlying causes. Tx includes medications but sometimes surgery which i perform known as a digital sympathectomy is needed. ...Read more

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This winter my pointer finger below the knuckle would turn white, cold, and numb when out in cold weather, what would cause this? Is it serious?

Information: This may be a variant of raynaud's phenomenon. It is an over reaction of the sympathetic and nervous system to the cold causing vascular spasm in the finger. Yes it can be serious and shoud be evaluated. ...Read more

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When I am cold, my middle finger on my right hand randomly goes numb & turns white. It takes a while for it to come back. Heard of this before?

When I am cold, my middle finger on my right hand randomly goes numb & turns white. It takes a while for it to come back.  Heard of this before?

Raynaud's disease: Warm gloves. Keep fingers ; toes warm. More common among women. More common among people with autoimmune disorders. Do not smoke! beta blockers make it worse. Calcium channel blockers reduce symptoms. Be careful of exposure to cold such as holding a cold drink. ...Read more

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