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Cold hands: Could it be Raynaud’s?

December 3, 2014
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health


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Trajce Vasilev
January 3, 2015

I dont know but my fingers on the feet are always cold.

Hair Transplantation in Dubai
December 29, 2014

I guess not. consult your doctor.

Nancy Tolson
December 13, 2014

Hi this is Nancy Tolson, currently i am working as a conveyancer and providing legal conveyancing services but because of some health issue, my professional career go down. Thank your for providing this article about cold hands, this will really helps me to solving my health issue.

Nancy Tolson

December 9, 2014

Infracare cold feet socks and gloves can help.

Paul Kim
December 9, 2014

Smartphones are a common reason of Raynauds. People who use their phones excessively would rather keep their gloves off, as it’s annoying to keep taking them off.

January 12, 2015

Raynaud’s is a medical disorder that most of us are born with, it is not “caused” by things like smartphones. I am in my mid-20s and I’ve had Raynaud’s my whole life, long before I purchased my first smartphone 6 years ago. Someone who has Raynaud’s would not even think of taking off their gloves or mitts in order to do something like use their phone, the pain they would experience would be unbearable and, as a result, their hands would not even function enough to use a phone. Also, a touchscreen phone would not work for someone with Raynaud’s if they were using it outside in the cold without gloves on; they would have so little circulation in their hands that the screen would not even recognize that it was being touched since most phones use heat as a sensor (this actually happens to me while indoors quite often). I know all of this may seem extreme to some people, but Raynaud’s is much more than being “cold” and it can be difficult for people who do not have it to understand what it is like.

December 9, 2014


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