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Perennially Cold Hands And Feet? It is NOT Just Winter

Having freezing cold feet and hands may be a common phenomenon in winters; however, it can also be a symptom of a medical condition. Don't ignore the warning signs that your cold feet or hands may be suggesting.

Communicable Diseases By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Nov 29, 2014

Winter is Coming!

Well, you may have begun throwing that phrase around from the first week of September, but your hands and feet can sense when the winter is actually coming. Your subconscious mind knows that your hands and feet will soon be staying cold during the winter season. However, is it fine to directly associate cold hands and feet to winter? Can it be something else? Yes, it can be.  Image Courtesy: Getty

Is it just Winter?

While the temperature around and your body's natural response can cause cold hands and feet, it can also be a result of a medical condition. Even problems such as poor blood circulation and small blood vessels in the hands or feet can turn them cold.  Image Courtesy: Getty

What Else Can It Be?

If you only get cold hands and feet occasionally during winters, you don't have to worry about them. However, if you frequently get cold feet and hands all year long, just more frequently during winters, you should consider all the reasons for it. Conditions that usually cause cold hands and feet include diabetes, poor circulation, lupus, thyroid conditions, Raynaud's disease, nervous system disorders, anemia, scleroderma and frostbite.   Image Courtesy: Getty


Although rare, the reason behind your hands and feet being too cold can be frostbite. Severe frostbite kills the muscles, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves leading to loss of sensation and cold feet and hands. Reducing the chances of getting a frost bite can also reduce the chances of you getting freezing cold hands. Image Courtesy: Getty


Another common reason could be anemia. The symptoms of iron deficiency can also include cold hands and feet. If you have been frequently having cold hands for some time, get your iron levels checked. Also contact your dietician to recommend healthy iron-rich foods that you can add to your diet. Image Courtesy: Getty

Raynaud's Disease

The condition triggers arteries in fingers and toes to enter vasospasm, limiting blood supply to your hands and feet. After some time, the blood supply may get normal, however, leaving behind a sensation of painful numbness. The condition is more common in women as compared to men. Image Courtesy: Getty

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure

Both the chronic conditions affect blood vessels which prevent them from carrying enough blood to your hand and feet. As a result, you get cold hands and feet. Contact your doctor if you have cold feet or hands most of the time. It could be a symptom of diabetes or high blood pressure. Image Courtesy: Getty

What To Do?

Besides discussing the situation with your doctor, you should also make some lifestyle changes. Avoid smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption as they may play a significant role in worsening the symptoms. Switch to a healthier diet and take more vitamins and minerals through your food. Image Courtesy: Getty


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