Your cold hands and feet maybe a sign of underlying illness

Cold feet and hands could be a sign of underlying illness. PHOTO| FOTOSEARCH

What you need to know:

  • When blood flow returns, you may notice pain, reddening and swelling of the toes or fingers. This reaction usually happens in response to cold, stress or anxiety.   


Hello doctor,
I am 27 years. My hands and feet are always very cold even when the weather is hot. People always ask me why my hands are cold. I have to wear socks to find sleep at night and I even carry socks in my bag to wear in the office. When I don't wear socks, I get muscle cramps; my toes get stiff and I feel so much pain, I can barely walk. I usually try to ease the pain by pulling my toes and trying to massage them, but this doesn't help much - they only relax when they want to, after a few minutes. I often use a hot water bottle to warm my hands and feet, especially at night. Surprisingly, the rest of my body is usually warm. Is this normal and what can I do to fix it? Jen

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