Cold Hands

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Cold hands can arise due to cold exposure. Like cold sensation in the feet, cold hands can also be caused by problems with the circulation to the hands or with the nervous system. Some forms of thyroid disease can also result in the sensation of cold feet and hands.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Cold Fingers, Cold Feet, and/or Numbness Fingers.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/12/2009

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

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