Cold extremities occur when blood vessels are constricted or slightly obstructed. This may be due to increased connective tissue tension around the blood vessels, which causes a reduction in the passage of blood through the skin. The hands or feet may change color, from pink through purple, orange, and blue even to white. As they warm up again, the color changes back again in reverse order, often accompanied by a feeling of throbbing or buzzing. A lot of us have cold hands or feet and simply put up with it. For some people it can be a serious problem – especially if they get very cold. Some people wear mittens and heavy socks all year round, even in warm weather, indoors and out. Their hands and feet are always cold.
A number of things cause this, such as:
If wearing gloves and wool socks and staying indoors where it’s warm is a nuisance or doesn’t help, try these other warm-up tips:
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.