Winter is now descending across much of North America, and many people are rediscovering the parts of their body that get coldest fastest on a bitterly chilly day. At the top of that list: hands and fingers, which can become very sensitive if left unprotected and uncovered on a frigid and dark winter morning. Leave this part of your body uncovered by mitts or gloves long enough and it can lead to pain, numbness, and even frostbite.
But that’s fairly normal and, for most people, expected. What’s not normal is feeling a chill in the fingers during the warmer seasons, like spring, summer, and fall. Should you experience this kind of chill, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about some of the conditions that may be behind the problem. Let’s take a look at some of those conditions now.
While circulatory problems stemming from heart issues can often be responsible for cold fingers, anemia is another potential cause. If you’re not familiar with the condition, anemia emerges when the body fails to produce sufficient red blood cells or when the production of the blood’s hemoglobin is below normal. The result can be insufficient oxygen in the blood, leaving our extremities feeling cold.
Anemia can result from a number of issues, from not getting enough iron to digestive problems, internal bleeding, even heavy menstruation. In addition to the feeling of cold fingers, symptoms include general exhaustion, lightheadedness, difficulty breathing, and mood changes. In many cases, anemia can be treated with a simple iron supplement, though in more serious cases this may require seeing a physician to receive an iron shot.