9 Health Problems That Our Hands Show Us

05 June, 2020
Observing the condition and appearance of our hands can give us some clues about our general health and enable us to get an early diagnosis of different conditions

Our hands say much more about us than we might think and, of course, they tell us about different possible health problems we may be suffering from.

So take note of these signs that can tell us about up to nine health problems that we may be suffering from without realizing it.

1. Pain in the thumb and index fingers

If you experience pain in both your thumb and index finger, as well as numbness and tingling, you could be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

When we experience this problem, a swelling appears in the wrist which puts pressure on the nerve and this causes a series of quite unpleasant sensations.

This is a problem that tends to appear in people who do very mechanical work with their hands. For example, it is common among those who work at the computer or musicians.

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2. Wounds that take a long time to heal

If you have wounds that take a long time to heal, this can also be a sign of some kind of health problem. When you get bruises or cuts on your hands, maybe they don’t fully heal. So, you may have diabetes.

If these problems also come with hunger and thirst, as well as numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. Because, this is a clear sign of sugar in the blood.

3. Changes to the color of the fingers

If you see that your fingers change color, this can happen due to several causes. If you have been exposed to low temperatures, stress or heavy physical loads for a long time, then perhaps nothing is wrong.

However, if these changes are accompanied by itching, pain, tingling or numbness in the fingers, then you should get it checked out and consult a specialist.

This could be a symptom of a disease of the spine, problems in your blood vessels or a skin condition.

4. Excessive sweating

If you find that your hands sweat for unusual reasons, this could be a symptom of palm hyperhidrosis.

Although the hands do usually sweat for common reasons, if you find that this sweating is excessive and doesn’t depend on external factors, then you could be facing a different kind of problem.

5. Weak nails

If you find that your nails break easily, this could be because you are in constant contact with water, detergents and other chemical products, as well as a range of incorrect care practices.

It is important to be careful because all this could be what’s making the nails weak but it can also be a symptom of a thyroid problem.

  • Pay attention to see whether this condition is accompanied by weakness, tiredness and joint pain, and if so, consult your doctor.

6. Hands that are always cold

If you are one of those people who always has cold hands, and if you also see that your skin changes color, you should go to the doctor.

These symptoms are generally associated with circulation problems or problems with the nervous system.

7. Trembling of the fingers

Trembling fingers can be quite an unpleasant sensation. This can result from excessive tension or carrying a heavy load, and in these cases it would disappear when you rest.

If you see that this trembling does not disappear and that the hands tremble for no apparent reason, this could be due to a deficit of vitamins B1, B6, B12 and E.

We recommend you read: Cold Hands: Some Possible Causes that You Should Know

8. Swelling

If you observe swelling in your hands, this could be due to several motives, ranging from a hot day to eating too much salt. In this case, this sort of swelling will disappear quickly.

However, if this happens to you frequently, you should go to the doctor because prolonged swelling may be a sign of vascular diseases.

9. Color change in the nails

If you see that your nails change color, this could be because you have a low level of haemoglobin or an anemia problem. Both cases are characterized by having blue nails.

This is generally also accompanied by a certain clumsiness with the hands, as well as unpleasant sensations and light tingling in the fingers.

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