Do people often accuse you of having very cold hands and feet? Having cold hands and feet can surely be an uncomfortable reality not only for the victim but also for the people around us.
The lack of heat in your fingers is due to poor circulation. A chilly day will cause your body to prioritise keeping warm. It will direct more heat and blood to your brain, heart, and lungs, all of which are essential to your life. Aside from coming out as a little bit classist, it's a totally typical survival mechanism. But if even on mild days your fingertips feel like little glaciers, it might be an indication of something more serious.
A low number of red blood cells or a lack of haemoglobin in the blood can contribute to the disease known as anaemia. Because of the drop in oxygen-rich blood flow, your hands may get chilly. Although iron deficiency is the most prevalent cause of anaemia, other factors, such as excessive bleeding (from ulcers, heavy menstrual flow, or gastrointestinal haemorrhage), some types of cancer, or gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn's disease or celiac disease, can also contribute to the condition.
2. Conditioned Immunity
Sometimes, Raynaud's syndrome might develop because of an autoimmune disorder. There's scleroderma, which leads to scarring and hardening of connective tissue and skin, lupus, in which the body's immune system turns on its own tissues, and rheumatoid arthritis, in which the body's immune system turns on its own joints. There's a lot more I could say. When the underlying cause of secondary Raynaud's is identified and treated, the subsequent symptoms typically subside as well.
3. Thyroid disease, type 3
Simply put, our thyroid gland regulates our internal temperature. Therefore, if it's broken, your fingers can freeze. Weight gain, weariness, constipation, and a persistent feeling of cold are all signs of hypothyroidism, a disorder in which the thyroid is underactive.
4. Raynaud's Disease
This condition, characterised by constricted blood arteries in the extremities in reaction to environmental stimuli like cold or emotional stress, is a common cause of chilly hands and feet. Very little blood travels to the fingers, so they seem white and later turn blue during an assault. After your blood flow has been restored, your fingertips will turn red.
5. Issues with Blood Flow,
Most people think that this is what it means when your fingers are chilly. As a result, our oxygen and nutrient-rich blood flow declines, leading to poor circulation. Possible causes include arterial plaque buildup (exacerbated by a high-cholesterol diet) and inadequate cardiac pumping (as in heart failure).
During an episode, you could feel tingling, numbness, or pain. Most cases of Raynaud's do not have a clear origin. But control is as easy as dressing warm, wearing gloves, and avoiding mental stress.
6. Vitamin B12 Deficiency,
Red blood cells can't develop without vitamin B12, which is found in animal products such chicken, meat, eggs, and dairy. Deficiencies in dietary B12 can cause a slowdown in red blood cell (RBC) formation, which can lead to anaemia.
7. Worry and Tension
It's common knowledge that stress may have negative effects on several regions of the body, and that includes the hands and feet. A constant state of 'fight or flight,' when adrenaline is released and the body prepares to flee or fight, occurs in the bodies of those who suffer from anxiety or chronic stress. This hormonal change can cause chilly hands and feet by narrowing the blood arteries in our extremities.
Drugs that narrow blood arteries can cause Raynaud's symptoms. Be wary of beta-blockers, chemotherapeutic treatments, over-the-counter decongestants, and migraine medications. Ask your doctor if the coldness in your limbs might be a side effect of the medicine you're taking.
As if the health risks associated with smoking weren't enough to convince you to quit, consider this: Nicotine, found in cigarettes, is notorious for causing arterial plaque buildup and vascular constriction, leading to poor blood flow and icy fingers.
10. Weak Blood Pressure
Blood loss, endocrine diseases, several drugs, and even simple dehydration can all lead to hypotension. When your blood pressure dips, your body diverts blood away from your extremities and towards your brain and other essential organs. Other possible side effects include sickness, exhaustion, dizziness, and brain fog.
Stop worrying and see a doctor if your chilly extremities are causing problems or discomfort in your regular life. You might think it's 'trivial' to go to the doctor about this, but if you read the whole piece, you'll find that it's not. The thought of it bothers you. The moment has come for you to quit existing.
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