Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer
Some people wear mittens and heavy socks all year round, even
in warm weather, indoors and out. Their hands and feet are always
Supersensitivity to cold may be due to Raynaud's disease. Or
the problem may occur in the wake of frostbite, during work that
uses vibrating equipment (like a jackhammer), as a result of
taking certain medications,or because of an underlying disease
affecting blood flow in the tiny blood vessels of the skin.
Stress may also increase sensitivity to cold in the hands or
Symptoms to look for are:
Fingers or toes
turning pale white or blue, then red, in response to cold.
Pain during the
white phase of discoloration.
If wearing gloves and wool socks and staying indoors where
it's warm is a nuisance or doesn't help, try these other warm-up
Don't smoke (it
Avoid caffeine (it
constricts blood vessels).
cold objects. (Use ice tongs to pick up ice cubes, for instance.)
outstretched, swing your arms in large circles, like a baseball
up for a game. This
may increase blood flow to the fingers. (Skip this tip if you
or back problems.)
Wiggle your toes;
it may help keep them warm as a result of increased blood flow.
relaxation technique, such as biofeedback (described in Tip 160
in chapter 6,
Success over Stress).