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Dr. Todd Guyette
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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?

Dr. Todd Guyette
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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?

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. William Harris
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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.

Dr. William Harris
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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.

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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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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My fingers turn white and and have numbness in both fingers and heels?

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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My fingers turn white and and have numbness in both fingers and heels?

Vasospasm: Vasospasm, perhaps raynaud's phenomeon. See rheumatologist.

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Dr. Lisa Davidson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can bactrim cause raynaud's phenomenon? I had a severe allergic reaction a couple weeks ago and now have one finger that turns white and tingly/numb.

Dr. Lisa Davidson
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Can bactrim cause raynaud's phenomenon?  I had a severe allergic reaction a couple weeks ago and now have one finger that turns white and tingly/numb.

Don't think so. : Raynauds is an auto-immune disorder, meaning your body is producing the reaction from the inside. I have never heard of Bactrim causing it. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlos Kier
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Can raynaud's phenomenon ever be truly dangerous, to the point of losing fingers or toes?

Dr. Carlos Kier
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Can raynaud's phenomenon ever be truly dangerous, to the point of losing fingers or toes?

Yes: In severe cases of raynaud's gangrene may develop in the finger tips and toes. This is often related to concomitant nicotine abuse and is seen in patients with severe scleroderma. It should be emphasized this is not a common occurrence. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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What causes raynaud's phenomenon? My friends hands turn comp blue with the slightest bit of cold. Doc said it was just rs and was ok

Dr. Bruce Rothschild
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OK?: 7% of woman have raynaud's phenomenon. Most occurs in isolation, but workup is required to assure not part of a larger problem. This does not just mean laboratory studies, but requires assessment by a knowledgable/experienced physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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What is the difference between raynaud's phenomenon and cold feet?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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What is the difference between raynaud's phenomenon and cold feet?

Other cause possible: Raynaud's phenomenon is a well known cause of cold hands and feet due to spasm of blood vessels supplying blood to the hands or feet. Other conditions can decrease blood flow to the extremities, leading to cold hands and feet. A primary care doctor can evaluate for anemia, peripheral artery disease, hormonal imbalances, autoimmune disorders, smoking (nicotine), drug side effects, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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Is it possible to die from raynaud's phenomenon?

Very unlikely: Raynaud's phenomenon decreases blood flow to the fingers, toes, nose, ears, or nipples, but the rest of the body should be ok. It would be very unusual to die from raynaud's phenomenon. Hypothetically, if a person got gangrene in a finger or toe, then got infected there, and was unable to get any treatment, his infection could spread to the rest of his body, leading to death by sepsis. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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What percentage of people suffers from raynaud's phenomenon?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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What percentage of people suffers from raynaud's phenomenon?

About 5% in the U.S.: An estimated 5% of people in the United States have symptoms of raynaud's phenomenon. People with raynaud's symptoms can have vasospasm in the blood vessels supplying their fingers and/or toes, triggered by exposure to cold, vibrations, emotional stress, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Is it pretty common for raynaud's phenomenon to occur on only one side of the body?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Usually symmetric: Raynaud's disease is due to spasm of blood vessels supplying the fingers and toes, and sometimes other parts of the body. Symptoms are usually symmetrical. People vary in the symptoms they get with any disorder, so it is possible that a person could have symptoms on only one side. There may be a difference in circulation to one side of the body. A primary care or rheumatology doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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