If you are one of the many who experience frequent feelings of coldness in your fingers and toes, you’ve probably found yourself wondering why, at least a few times. You may have even become concerned about it after the hundredth time your spouse felt your bare feet under the covers and jumped away from the shock of the freezing cold temperature. The good news is that unless your cold extremities are accompanied by other symptoms, it is likely only a nuisance and there is nothing to be concerned about.
When It’s Probably Not a Big Deal
So, why does this happen to you when everyone else in the room is toasty warm? It could be as simple has having a lower than normal body temperature. Everybody is different, and there’s nothing to be concerned about if your average temperature is, say, 97 degrees instead of 98.6.
One other thing to consider is your current state of health. If you have a consistently low but healthy blood pressure, it’s good to know that your blood actually flows strongly through your torso more than your extremities, leaving them feeling a bit frosty. Moving around a bit to get your blood flowing should help and drinking your daily requirement of water will help with circulation as well.
When It May Be an Issue to Look Into
If you have extremely cold fingers and toes, as well as other accompanying symptoms, you may want to see a doctor immediately.
Perhaps one of the most common medical problems that causes cold extremities is poor circulation or small arteries in your hands and feet. Depending on the severity of the issue, a doctor may want to examine you further to determine if blood flow may be an issue for you in later years. Poor circulation often accompanies diabetes, so that may be looked into as well.
Raynaud’s Disease is a fairly common disease that causes extreme sensitivity to cold in certain parts of your body. Raynaud’s can be as harmless as having a lower body temperature, but it also goes hand in hand with other autoimmune diseases, like Scleroderma or Lupus. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to seek medical attention immediately if the coldness you experience is accompanied by pain or discoloration of the skin upon touching cold surfaces.
Other accompanying symptoms to be concerned about would be hair loss and memory loss, which may indicate a thyroid issue. Numbness as well as a feeling of pins and needles may point to a B12 deficiency. Severe pain and burning could be a sign of vascular disease and should also be addressed by a doctor immediately.
So, more often than not, a persistent condition of cold fingers and toes is just a nuisance, especially when not accompanied by other symptoms; however it is good to examine your situation frequently to determine if and when to seek medical attention.