Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Are My Hands Always Cold?

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 10:09 AM

Question: What type of medical professional should I see to diagnose why I always have cold hands and fingers?  My family doctor does not seem to think it is a problem but my fingers get so cold it is very painful.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Cool hands and feet that are painful should be evaluated by your doctor. Expect to have your blood thyroid checked, as well as other tests of your immune system function.
 
If your doctor is dismissive of your concerns, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist. You may have a cryoglobulin disorder or Raynaud's disease or an underlying condition such as an infection, malignancy, or a rheumatic, auto-immune, endocrine, circulatory, or coagulation disorder.
 
In the meantime, protect your hands and feet from the cold, as your risks for complications including frostbite are significantly increased. Avoid using medications or supplements that may constrict your blood vessels and quit smoking, if you use tobacco.

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Cool hands and feet that are painful can be due to a number of causes and should be evaluated by your doctor.
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