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Why Are My Hands and Feet Always Cold?

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 04:56 PM

Question: My hands and feet are always cold, even in the summer when it’s hot outside. I don’t have any serious circulation problems (I’ve asked my doctor about it). What else could be causing this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Cold hands and feet are common and do not always relate to small vessel disease or conditions such as hypothyroidism. Sometimes we carry antibody complexes called cold agglutinins. These proteins cause a slow blood flow by agglutinating at cooler points of our circulation (such as hands and feet), and are easily checked for by a simple blood sample.

These are common during and shortly after certain types of bacterial infections. There are also other conditions associated with a condition called Raynaud’s phenomenon. In patients with Raynaud’s, vascular spasm in small vessels of hands and /or feet will produce a classic blanching followed by redness preceded by various degrees of discoloration and sometimes discomfort.

It very important for a doctor to differentiate whether the cause is related to an immune system disorder or just an isolated phenomenon for you. If you wish a specialty opinion, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist if your physician is not willing to provide a clear plan of action for you.

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