What's Causing Your Frequent Cold Hands and Feet?

What's Causing Your Frequent Cold Hands and Feet?

Some people get cold hands and feet once in a while, while others experience this sensation every day. If you’ve ever wondered why your extremities are always cold, read on to find out 5 possible reasons that could be the cause for your freezing fingers and toes. 

The truth behind cold limbs

Chances are, you’ve experienced cold hands or feet at some point throughout your life. In a normal situation, the cold comes and passes quickly, without causing too much discomfort. While cold hands and feet are normal for the everyday person when they occur once and a while, according to experts, if you experience these issues on an ongoing basis, that’s when it might be something more serious.

Your hands and feet are what’s called “extremities” of the body. These bodyparts are furthest from the heart, which pumps blood through the body in order to keep it warm. The organs that are needed to keep you alive are those that are found closest to the heart, thus they get the blood supply before the hands and feet, which is why those limbs are the first to experience a cold sensation. When this occurs on a frequent basis, that’s when it’s suspected that those areas on not getting the blood supply they need, and further investigation must be made.

5 Possible causes

1. Raynaud’s Phenomenon: While not a serious condition, this is one of the most common causes of coldness in the hands and feet. The cold sensations are generally more apparent during the winter months, along with pain in these body parts. Generally, the symptoms will pass with the cold weather, but a trip to your doctor is still needed.

2. Anxiety: Not many people realize that anxiety can cause a cold feeling in the hands and feet, but stress can do a lot of things to your body, and causing chilliness in the extremities is one of them. Anxiety causes a cold sensation because high stress levels may disrupt the normal breathing pattern, which interferes with oxygen flow throughout your body.

3. Circulatory illness: When you suffer from a circulatory problem, your heart isn’t able to properly pump blood through your whole body, and because your hands and feet are the furthest away, they will suffer from the ill effects most apparently.

4. Carpel tunnel: Rather than causing a cold sensation due to lack of circulation, carpel tunnel causes this issue due to a problem with the median nerve, which leads to issues of coldness. Carpel tunnel also causes additional problems with the functionality of the hands that can complicate daily living, without the right form of treatment.

5. Nerve damage: Similar to carpel tunnel, but often more extreme, nerve damage causing you to experience a cold sensation because of the nerve damage in the area. Rather than going straight to cold, a tingling sensation is often experienced first, following by a numbing on the hand.


If you experience cold hands or feet frequently, you should visit your primary care physician, who may refer you to a specialist. Once the cause of your issue is determined, your doctor can likely offer you a good treatment option to reverse the cold sensations you are experiencing. The type of treatment offered to you is dependent upon the condition causing your symptoms.

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