What Your Cold Hands and Feet Are Telling You?

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 02:19 PM

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If your hands and feet are cold all the time they may be trying to tell you something. Cold hands and feet, and pain, can indicate an underlying disease. Here are a few of the most common reasons for numbing and tingling sensations in the hands and feet.
  • Raynaud’s Disease: This little known disease affects women much more than men and its cause is not really known. The disease symptoms include cold hands and feet and pain followed by numbing, tingling sensations in the hands and feet. The hands and feet look pinched in response to cold due to the sudden constriction of blood capillaries. After a while, the blood supply returns to the fingers and toes but there is a typical numbing, tingling sensation that can be very painful for the patient.
  • Anemia: Again women are more susceptible to this condition. A lack of iron can affect the thyroid hormone formation, which directly controls the body metabolism and affects the perceived body temperature.
  • Diabetes and high blood pressure: These common chronic diseases are notorious for their dangerous effects on blood vessels. One common problem that occurs with both is that the damaged blood vessels cannot carry enough blood to the peripheries, resulting in a change in the perceived temperature, and cold hands and feet.
As a precaution, it’s a good idea to have a complete health and medical checkup done to rule out diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions. Apart from treating the underlying medical cause, you can also take preventive measures such as:
  • Wearing leg warmers and gloves- Leg warmers can protect your feet, and silk-lined gloves can protect your hands and fingers. These will insulate you against the cold and prevent the painful, tingling sensation.
  • Making lifestyle changes- Avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption. These materials are strong vasoconstrictors that will exacerbate your problem. Up your intake of vitamins and minerals and try to avoid all cold objects as much as possible.
  • Opting for herbal alternatives- You can try herbs such as cayenne pepper and gingko biloba to help you out. Cayenne pepper can generate heat and naturopaths recommend using the powder inside shoes and gloves to generate heat. In addition, painting water-soluble or oil-soluble compounds onto skin will also help to warm it up. Gingko works on improving blood circulation to cold hands and feet, thereby reducing pain. Check with a trained naturopath before using these products though.
Cold hands and feet and depression often go together. However, don’t let the condition or the underlying disease bother you. A positive attitude and an energetic lifestyle coupled with quality warmers will definitely get rid of cold hands and feet.  

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