Conditions that can cause cold hands and feet, Bluish discoloration include conditions like âhypothyroidism, raynaudâs syndrome, coagulation disorders, etc.
The first step in diagnosis of the condition would be tests including a complete hemogram, a coagulation profile, peripheral blood smear, thyroid function tests, coagulation factor assays, screening for rheumatological conditions can be done.
During a Raynaud's attack, the affected area typically turns white, and due to hypoxia, it turns blue. Symptoms include tingling or painful throbbing, and swelling which can resolve quickly or may last for hours. â
Raynaud's is a condition seen on its own, but also shows up as a "secondary" disease alongside other âautoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto's disease, Graves' disease, lupus, SjÃ¶gren's Syndrome, âscleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis, among others.â
If your symptoms are due to Raynaud's, beyond proper thyroid treatment, avoiding or minimizing cold âexposure is a key way to avoid symptoms. If you are a smoker, you should also stop smoking, as that is âknown to aggravate symptoms. In severe cases medications may be prescribed to help control the âsymptoms. â
You may consult with your doctor or a hematologist for proper counseling and advice.
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