Cold Fingers

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Cold sensations to the fingers can come from poor circulation, disorders of the nervous system, cold exposure, Raynaud's phenomenon, and low thyroid condition (hypothyroidism). Cold fingers may be associated with

  • hand pain,
  • wrist pain,
  • swollen fingers,
  • tingling fingers,
  • thickness of the fingers,
  • discoloration of the fingers (fingers turning blue or white).

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REFERENCE:

Longo, D.L., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2011.

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