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My fingertips turn blue, but only when they get cold. Why does that happen, and should I see a doctor?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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My fingertips turn blue, but only when they get cold.  Why does that happen, and should I see a doctor?

Blue fingertips: This could result from poor circulation & that is termed peripheral cyanosis. Some possible causes are raynaud's phenomenon, reduced cardiac output, venous obstruction, or poor blood supply to fingertips. Needs evaluation soon. Please contact your family doc. For workup. ...Read more

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What can cause your fingertips and the palms of your hands to turn blue?

What can cause your fingertips and the palms of your hands to turn blue?

Raynauds: It could be several things but raynauds should be considered. Environmental triggers such as exposure to cold can lead this over-reactive response. However, stress can also be a trigger and lead to the symptoms of reynauds. If your symptoms are bothering you significantly you should be seen by your doctor. Vascular surgeons, rheumatologists, and many primary care doctors can help you deal with this disorder. ...Read more

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My fingertips turned blue, felt faint, and rash on face. I have some other symptoms too but I don't know if they're related. What could this be?

My fingertips turned blue, felt faint, and rash on face. I have some other symptoms too but I don't know if they're related. What could this be?

Circulatory/vascular: It certainly sounds like a problem related to the circulatory system..It can be heart or vascular related..You should contact an internist/cardiologist that could properly evaluate your clinical condition and perform a proper examination of your problem ...Read more

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Why does the cold cause you to be pale and get blue lips and fingertips?

Why does the cold cause you to be pale and get blue lips and fingertips?

Reynaud's...: Cold causes small blood vessel's to go into spasm, the so-called reynaud's phenomenon. It can be treated with calcium channel blocking drugs, like Procardia or nimotop (nimodipine). It is related to Insulin resistance, so avoiding simple carbs is a good idea to prevent it. ...Read more

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I think I broke my fingertip. It is back and blue under the nail, swollen and hurts a lot. It is also a litte numb. Would anything be done? I can ben

I think I broke my fingertip. It is back and blue under the nail, swollen and hurts a lot. It is also a litte numb. Would anything be done?  I can ben

Pressure: Trauma to the finger tip/nail can cause pressure from bleeding under the nail. This can become very painful but can be instantly relieved by a simple procedure. Your finger may or may not be broken. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My niece is 16 and healthy @ 5'10" and 130 lbs. Her hands turn blue....From her fingertips to about mid-palm. Is this a problem and what to do ?

My niece is 16 and healthy @ 5'10" and 130 lbs. Her hands turn blue....From her fingertips to about mid-palm. Is this a problem and what to do 
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Raynaud's Phenomenon: What is raynaud's phenomenon? Raynaud's (say "ray-nohz") phenomenon is a problem with blood flow. Your body doesn't send enough blood to your hands and feet, so they feel very cold and numb. In most cases, this lasts for a short time when your body overreacts to cold temperatures. Some people require calcium channel blocker such as amlodipine, if other joint problems then a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Cut finger on broken glass, the puncture very small but bled a lot, the fingertip very swollen and blue. Need a doctor? Could the glass shard be stuck

Cut finger on broken glass, the puncture very small but bled a lot, the fingertip very swollen and blue. Need a doctor? Could the glass shard be stuck

Glass cut: Glass tends to cut deep and bleed a lot, so the bruise can be from blood collected under the skin. If the glass is stuck you can feel it under the skin, observe for a day or 2 and put pressure to stop the bleeding. ...Read more

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I have a blue vein appear in my middle fingertip. Feels a bit numb. Am 17 weeks pregnant. Is this a worry? Thank you

I have a blue vein appear in my middle fingertip. Feels a bit numb. Am 17 weeks pregnant. Is this a worry? Thank you

Pregnancy changes: Pregnancy can be a scary time as there are so many changes going on in your body. This is one reason it is important to establish prenatal care so that you have regular visits to go over these kinds of things. I single visible vein in a fingertip is not likely to mean something bad is happening. ...Read more