Cold Hands: Some Possible Causes that You Should Know

Most of the time having cold hands is related to poor blood circulation. To help, you can change your diet or do particular exercises for the hands.
Cold Hands: Some Possible Causes that You Should Know

Last update: 30 June, 2020

Your hands are as cold as ice. When you touch someone, they complain how cold they are. This is a common occurrence, and there are many different causes to consider. Want to find out more about what makes us have cold hands all the time? Let’s begin!

Cold hands: is it caused by something serious?

Woman with gloves holding mug

Sometimes, without any warning, you notice your hands are suddenly feeling really cold. In the winter you have to put gloves on even inside the house, and in the summertime although it’s not as extreme, your hands are still colder than normal.

You might be one of those people who whenever they touch someone you hear the same phrase: your hands are so cold!

Well, first of all you need to know that having cold hands isn’t usually too much of a cause for concern. Every person responds differently to heat and cold, and some people are more sensitive than others.

So generally, it’s normal, but there are a few things you should consider and be aware of – for example, if you frequently notice that your cold hands are accompanied by extreme fatigue.

In that instance, you might want to see your doctor to determine what the cause is. A lowered body temperature coupled with tiredness can be a sign of a problem in the bloodstream. But let’s see what else it could be.

1. Cold hands: hypothyroidism?

We’ve talked about hypothyroidism in other articles. It’s an imbalance in the thyroid gland that causes a slowing of the metabolism when certain hormones are secreted at lower levels than normal.

This can cause weight gain, changes in the skin and hair, and make a person more sensitive to cold. The hands and feet are almost always cold to the touch. A doctor can make the proper diagnosis and prescribe treatment, and may also suggest you modify your diet to raise iodine levels slightly.

2. Cold hands: could it be Raynaud’s syndrome?

The name might scare you a little, but don’t worry. It’s not a serious condition, although it is quite strange. It affects the small blood vessels in the fingers and toes. What happens is the body constricts those vessels when the temperature drops quickly or when you feel stressed and anxious.

It’s fairly noticeable, causing the tips of the fingers and toes to turn slightly bluish, along with discomfort and a tingling sensation. When blood flow returns, these areas become reddened and the tingling is more pronounced, almost causing a sensation of heat.

There are different degrees of Raynaud’s; some are very minor and others are acute. But it’s not terribly common, so if you have cold fingers and toes consistently, it’s best to check with your doctor.

Girl with cold hands

3. Cold hands: possible anemia?

This is probably the most common reason you might experience cold hands from time to time. It’s all due to lowered levels of iron in the body.

Feeling tired, accelerated hair loss, and brittle nails may all be signs of anemia. Just a simple blood test will tell you if you have this condition, and your doctor will prescribe the best treatment accordingly. Don’t worry!

4. Cold hands: circulation problems or issues with your weight?

You might just be naturally thin. Having low body fat causes your internal body temperature to drop, making you feel colder than usual. It’s certainly a possibility. Another to take into account is a problem with circulation.

This is especially the case if you feel a tingling sensation that makes you want to rub your hands together, or massage the fingers to improve circulation. Normally in addition to cold hands, you’ll also notice cold feet. Anywhere it takes the blood longer to reach is where you might experience this problem.

We do strongly recommend that if in addition to experiencing cold hands you also notice you’re more fatigued than normal, see your doctor. It’s probably not serious, but to rule out anything else your best bet is to follow the doctor’s orders. Never try to diagnose or treat yourself – that’s a risk that’s not worth taking.

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