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Dr. Michael Miller
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Raynaud's Disease (Definition)

It is vascular spasm in the fingers, toes, and can even involves the nose and ears and internal organs the blood vessels of the heart or kidneys in response to cold or stress causing the external elements especially the fingers, toes to turn white. Blue and red can also occur but I like to Emphasize if not white I can not be clear. Others ...Read more


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If you get cold hands and feets from heart failure is this a late sign or does this start quiet early in the disease?

If you get cold hands and feets from heart failure is this a late sign or does this start quiet early in the disease?

Not consistent: Cold hands and cold feet are not consistent with or specific to heart failure. There are many other problems that can cause that. Most of them have to do either with spasm of the blood vessels or obstruction of the blood vessels. Heart failure is usually characterized by swelling, difficulty breathing with exertion or when laying on one's back. ...Read more

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My hands and feet swell when i'm cold, but I don't have raynaud's disease. What else could it be?

My hands and feet swell when i'm cold, but I don't have raynaud's disease. What else could it be?

Circulation: When you are cold, your body will try to direct most of it's heat to your vital organs which include your heart, lungs, intestines, etc. Therefore, it will decrease the blood flow to your feet and hands by temporarily decreasing the blood flow to these areas, thereby creating the swelling in your hands and feet. ...Read more

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My 6 wk old has cold hands and feet does it mean she is too cold and need more clothes on?

No.: If she is acting well, drinking her milk well, making urine and feces normally, gaining weight like she should, then she is likely fine. I always advise dressing a child in the same way that you are comfortable. For example, if you are comfortable in a t shirt then your baby should not be in a sweater and two blankets. ...Read more

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Do cold hands and feet mean a weak immune system? I take vitamin d supplements and eat relatively healthy. Or likely something else?

Unlikely: cold hands and feet do not a poor immune system. It may be a thyroid issue, it may be a circulation issue but I doubt as you are quite young to have a circulation problem... It may just be you with no cause. ...Read more

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Have generalized anxiety disorder and experiencing cold hands and feet. Thyroid checkd tsh=0.848 and all heart test came back fine. Is this anxiety?

Have generalized anxiety disorder and experiencing cold hands and feet. Thyroid checkd tsh=0.848 and all heart test came back fine. Is this anxiety?

Low Iron low thyroid: Causes include perno, raynaud's, cryoglonulinemia, wearing gloves and wool socks and stay indoors where it's warm.Don't smoke. It impairs circulation.Avoid caffeine. It constricts blood vessels avoid handling cold objects. Use ice tongs to pick up ice cubes. .Review:cold hands and feet at www.Emedicinehealth.Com see you family doctor for an evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Im 18 & suffer from Raynaud's disease. I get cuts easily on feet&hands, healing times are bad and bad cramps when injured for hours why does it happen?

Im 18 & suffer from Raynaud's disease. I get cuts easily on feet&hands, healing times are bad and bad cramps when injured for hours why does it happen?

This sounds like: more than simple Raynaud's. If you haven't already, you should have a workup by your doctor or a specialist for other associated medical issues. You need a full exam and possibly labwork...unfortunately above the scope of what we can provide here. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Cold Hands (Definition)

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