Cold hands may be caused by simply being in a cold room or other chilly environment. Cold hands are often a sign that your body is trying to maintain its regular body temperature.
Always having cold hands, however, could mean there's a problem with your blood flow or the blood vessels in your hands.
Causes of cold hands include:
- Buerger's disease
- Raynaud's disease
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
June 23, 2022
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