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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: Is a disorder where small blood vessels in the fingers constrict in response to cold and pain ensues. There may be a reason behind this such as an inflammatory or endocrine disorder or it vans occur by itself. Speak to your pcp about this . There are medications that may help ranging from niacin a vitamin to blood pressure calcium blocker i nitrous acting meds. Such as viagra (sildenafil) or nitro ...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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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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Why do cold fingers hurt more than warm fingers?

Why do cold fingers hurt more than warm fingers?

Blood shuts off: When a finger is cold, the body shuts off the blood supply to the tip and diverts the blood. That causes significant pain. ...Read more

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I have high levels of hct and hgb what could that mean? I have always had cold fingers and toes with a bluish look to them. I also have hypoglycemia.

I have high levels of hct and hgb what could that mean? I have always had cold fingers and toes with a bluish look to them. I also have hypoglycemia.

Polycythemia: Elevated HGB and hct are called polycythemia. This can be caused by any condition that causes low oxygen levels in the blood such as heart or lung disease, or it may be caused by bone marrow problems. In any event, with your bluish fingers and toes pointing to low oxygen, you should see a doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

I have very cold fingers 1week after carpal tunnel release surgery. Is this normal?

No, but possible --: Due to these reasons: 1: with tight splint or bandages, your fingers maybe bluish in color, tingly or cold; 2: with hand held hanging down most of the time ; bandages, the circulation in fingers is not great; 3: if you are not exercising your fingers or are or have been a smoker, then fingers do feel cold. 4: some people have cold fingers for no specific reason, with nothing to do with surgery. ...Read more

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I have been dealing with a very painful thumb for a while, I have not had it looked at. Today, white fingers, cold hands, numbness for over an hr?

I have been dealing with a very painful thumb for a while, I have not had it looked at. Today, white fingers, cold hands, numbness for over an hr?

Numb white finger: A common cause is carpal tunnel, but neuropathy, endocrime disorders, diabetes, arthritis, can all affect your hands. White fingers may have vasospasm which involve altered circulation, Numbness can be form that or a stand alone issue ...Read more

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Fingers+toes almost always cold. But last blood test i had my iron levels were slightly high. What else could be the cause of my cold fingers+toes?

Fingers+toes almost always cold. But last blood test i had my iron levels were slightly high. What else could be the cause of my cold fingers+toes?

Hormones?: There are many possibilities, the most common is being a female. If you smoke or drink a ton of caffeine, that could also do it. Anxiety can also cause cold fingers and toes. There is disorder called raynauds where the toes and fingers can get cold, get whitish the bluish and finally red- uncommon. ...Read more

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Is there any possible link between cold fingers/feet and erectile dysfunction (since both seem to be circulation issues)?

Is there any possible link between cold fingers/feet and erectile dysfunction (since both seem to be circulation issues)?

Keep out of freezer!: Seriously, these are not necessarily circulatory issues, but either could signify significant disease. You should consult a physician who could assess all possibilities. Important: if you happen to smoke, stop as quickly as you possibly can. Your, er, performance could depend on it. ...Read more

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What is it? I have red bumps over finger and toe joints, finger/toe tenderness to touch and cold hands. Sometimes knuckles turn purple

What is it? I have red bumps over finger and toe joints, finger/toe tenderness to touch and cold hands. Sometimes knuckles turn purple

Many things to consi: Many things to consider including a variation of arthritis , myositis muscle things, and a variety of rashes. Would ask your physician to evaluate or send you to a rheumatologist and/or a dermatologist. This may be very simple or it might be a complex issue. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cold extremities and finger numbness.

I am experiencing  cold extremities and finger numbness.

Plan. : Keep them warm!! Especially at cold weather!! If it happens at warm condition you need to see a doctor and some tests. The reason for this is the spasm of your small vessels on the extremities. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Cold Extremities (Definition)

Cold extremities refers to cold hands or feet and can be caused by a number of different conditions, some as simple as being out in the cold and others representing an underlying acute ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Cold Hands (Definition)

Cold hands = decreased temperature of hands. It may be related to poor ...Read more