You are staying in a warm place; the whole body is warm, except your feet and hands. The cause of coldness in your hands and feet could be found in any of the following 10 health conditions:
- Reynaud’s disorder
This is a condition where blood vessels of the fingers (sometimes feet, ears, and nose) are narrowed because of lower temperatures or emotional stress. Thus, in this case fingers are white or even blue, because there is not enough blood in them.
In most cases it is not known why this disorder occurs, but is identified by the cold and swollen fingers that occasionally can be stiff.
The good news is that this condition is only unpleasant but not harmful.
- Autoimmune disease
Autoimmune disease is a disorder in which the immune system attacks its own tissues due to inappropriate immune response of the body to specific substances in it.
Sounds serious and scary and it’s really so, so if you notice symptoms such as Reynaud’s disease must now do some testing.
When symptoms are noticed in time, the disease can be kept under control without any health consequences.
It is not uncommon to have cold hands and feet with thyroid problems. This gland functions as the body’s thermostat. When its activity is slow, many bodily functions slow down and develop symptoms such as fatigue, obesity and omnipresent feeling of coldness.
This condition is common for people older than 50 years.
- Poor circulation
Most people think it is the main and only reason for cold hands or feet. Poor circulation occurs when blood flow is reduced due to poor heart function.
When blood circulates through the body as it should, it is normal to feel coldness in hands and feet, and even swelling and stiffness are common symptom, because the hands and feet are farthest from the heart.
Anemia occurs when the body does not have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin is low. As a result, the body is supplied with sufficient oxygen, which can cause cold hands or feet.
Anemia can also occur due to lack of iron in the diet, sudden loss of blood (menstruation in women), ulcers, certain cancers…
- Lack of vitamin B12
Vitamin B12, which is found in red meat, processed meat, eggs, and milk and dairy products is important for the creation of red blood cells. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to their reduction.
A simple blood test can reveal whether you have a deficiency of vitamin B12 and therefore constantly have cold hands.
- Low blood pressure
Low blood pressure occurs due to dehydration, blood loss, and use of certain medicines or endocrine disorders. When blood pressure is low, blood vessels direct blood away from the hands and feet to the vital organs, causing cold fingers.
If you have low pressure followed by blurred vision, fatigue, nausea, weakness and confusion, you should consult your doctor.
Stress can cause many disorders in the body, so neither cold hands nor feet are any exception. When you are under chronic stress, it secretes adrenaline that tightening blood vessels in the limbs, which in turn leads to cold hands and feet.
There are many drugs that constrict blood vessels, in particular arteries, so when this happens; the result is Reynaud’s disorder.
If you do not have enough reasons to stop smoking, then add it to this list. Nicotine from smoking causes the contraction and narrowing of blood vessels.