Pain in the fingers & toes!

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

Winter is upon us and temperatures are dropping.  Do your hands and/or feet hurt when its cold outside?  If so, you could be suffering from Raynaud’s Disease.  It’s a condition that causes some areas of your body like your fingers, toes, and even your ears to feel numb and cold when exposed to cold temperatures.  This is because the cool temperatures cause the small arteries to narrow, limiting blood flow to the fingers and toes.  For the most part, Raynaud’s is just a nuisance.  In most cases, you should try to avoid exposure to cold and cut back on things that increase the risk of narrowing blood vessels, like smoking and caffeine.  You may also have to avoid over the counter cold medications that contain Pseudoephedrine and birth control pills, as they too can cause narrowing of your blood vessels.


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