This is the real reason why your hands and feet feel abnormally cold

Experiencing cold hands and feet is normal from time to time. Changes in temperature, as well as health and lifestyle choices, are some of the most common causes of cold feet, and adjusting these factors will usually help relieve symptoms


If you’re starting to experience cold extremities more frequently these days, you may want to share those symptoms with your doctor at your next visit. Chances are there is nothing seriously wrong with your health to trigger chilly fingers and toes. But have you ever wondered why your hands and feet feel unnervingly cold?

Cold hands and feet are a common complaint. But generally, when this happens in young healthy people, it isn’t anything to worry about

My Medical Mantra spoke to health experts to find about the true cause behind why our hands and feet feel cold regardless of the weather or room temperature we are seated in.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Smita Kamble, a general physician from Nashik and the head of Family Physician’s Association, said, “It generally depends on the attire of the person, as we normally wear clothes which expose our extremities (hands and feet). Apart from this, another reason for cold hands and feet can be a deficiency of vitamin B 12. Also, low levels of calcium can cause the body to sweat more, when this happens the body regulates the normal temperature. Thereby, sweat cools down the hands and legs and that is why they tend to feel cold.”

Experiencing pins and needles throughout your body when you haven’t compressed your body could be signs of B12 deficiency.

Another reason is that some individuals are just more prone to feeling the cold than others, and when they do so; their peripheral arteries go into spasm, otherwise known as Raynaud’s syndrome or disease.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is a disorder that affects blood vessels, mostly in the fingers and toes. It causes the blood vessels to narrow when you are cold or under stress.

The treatment of Raynaud’s disease aims to reduce the number of attacks occurring, making them less severe, preventing tissue damage and stopping the loss of any tissues of the fingers and toes.

Speaking about this condition, Dr Rupinder Kaur Murjani, MD (Medicine) stated, ““Like some of medical emergencies some of related to blood circulation. Raynaud’s disease is one of the common ones. Most of the times, the underlying cause is vascular—that is, relating to blood vessels  Cold hand and feet is common complaint or symptom of this condition. “

Dr Kaur added, “But, we need to understand the reason behind it. When your blood vessels constrict, or get smaller, less blood can flow through them. This may make your hands and feet feel cold, even when the rest of your body feels warm or when you’re in a warm place. People always feel it’s because of poor circulation, but it could also be due to microcirculation in the blood vessels of the hands and feet.”