I've got frosty fingers!

My hands are always freezing cold, even during the summer. Why does this happen, and how can I stop it?

My fellow freezing friend, you and I are in the same boat. For a great portion of my life, I have been subject to cold hands and feet. Whenever I was near an A/C or in an area with a lot of cool air, I got super cold. In addition, my hands and feet would get so freezing that they would become partially numb…and that was during ANY time of year.

When I went to the doctor, I was told that I was slightly iron-deficient and anemic and that this was a probable cause of the cold sensations. As I got older, I thought that being slightly anemic couldn’t be the ONLY reason.

Doing a bit of online research, I found that our problem is called Cold Intolerance. It has many causes, which include anorexia, anemia and Raynaud’s phenomenon, a condition that causes blood vessels to tighten because of cold temperatures and turns fingers and toes white from the lack of blood. It can also be related to problems with glands and generally poor health. 

While I don’t know how to pin-point the exact cause, I can point you in one direction- your doctor. Please visit your doctor and let him or her know about your frozen hands and ask if they can do any tests to see what’s wrong. Don’t be scared! These symptoms are common among a lot of people and have a way of developing without anything being wrong with you. Once you’ve seen your doctor, he/she will better help you.

For now, what I can tell you to do is to stop drinking caffeinated beverages. I know it’s hard, but caffeine can constrict your blood vessels. Also, keep your hands and feet covered as often as possible. Wear socks to bed, even in the summer.

Wear a scarf or a shawl to keep exposed arms warm. Get a pair of fingerless gloves so that at least the rest of your hand can remain warm and if you really need to, put your hands under running warm-hot water from time to time. It brings back the blood flow and keeps your hands toasty for a while. Good Luck!
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by Afiya Augustine | 2/1/2016