Submitted by Dr T on March 10, 2011 – 4:18pm
Is this a new symptom or have you had this all your life? Some people have a very sensitive vascular system with arteries that constrict more
quickly with cold. In extreme situations this can lead to something called Raynaud’s phenomenon or disease, a vasospastic disorder causing
discoloration of the fingers, toes, and occasionally other areas, because of a decreased blood supply to the respective regions. Emotional stress and cold are classic triggers of the phenomenon.
- Avoid environmental triggers, e.g. cold, vibration, etc. Emotional stress is another recognized trigger; although the various sources of stress can not all be avoided, it is possible to learn healthier, more effective ways of dealing with them, which will reduce stress and its damaging physical effects.
- Keep your hands, feet and head warm—especially your fingers, toes, ears, and nose — by wearing mittens, insulated footwear, a ski mask; or using hand and foot warmers, etc.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid caffeine and other stimulants.
If medications are necessary, calcium channel blockers are often used:
Hope this helps,