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Posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

Hi, I've been having some problems with my hands for quite some time now. They're always consistently dry and scaly no matter how much moisturizer I apply on them. Also, they rate at which I get frost bite is just ridiculous. At one point just being outside during winter for 20 minutes wearing snowboading gloves ON TOP of wool gloves gave me frostbite on my pinky, index, and middle fingers on both hands. The weirdest thing of all though is that when even if it is just slightly cold, my hands turn a deep purple/blue and go numb. I honestly think of wearing gloves all the time as not only does this appear detrimental to my health, but it also freaks people out. I've consulted a few doctors on this topic but none could give me a clear answer as to why this is happening. One thought, although not completly certain, that it could be a form of arthritis in the viens where cold temperatures cause them to tighten. I have thought of it to be bad circulation but all my other extremities have no problems such as this. Any insight as to what causes this problems with my hands and how to remedy them would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.



Re: Blue Hands...

Posted by S.H.A.P.E. on November 03, 2003 at 07:36:16:

In Reply to: Blue Hands... posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

My suggestion would be to start taking an EFA (essential fatty acid) product like Carlson's lemon flavored "Cod Liver Oil" or their "Salmon Oil" for you skin. Blue hands is a "Warning Sign" of a circulation problem that could be serious. Start sprinkling a little "Cayenne Powder" on your meals, which is the best supplement for increasing circulation. * S.H.A.P.E. *

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Re: Blue Hands...

Posted by maire on November 03, 2003 at 07:50:37:

In Reply to: Blue Hands... posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

you might want to apply a heating muscle rub to your hands (like ben-gay) before the gloves.
Might try garlic to improve circulation.

For severely dry skin, neutrogena has a hand cream in a tube. Put it on, scream quietly for a few minutes, then it starts feeling good and you notice a difference the next morning.
You may be holding your hands in one position so long that the hands go numb, while skiing.

Note, a problem with skiing is that people do it who are not used to the altitude and who are usually sedentary. At high altitudes, you need MUCH more water. Stay hydrated. Otherwise, your blood becomes thicker. Your circulation on a high altitude slope is not the same as the circulation tested in your doctor's warm, low altitude office.

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Re: Blue Hands...

Posted by Luba on November 03, 2003 at 19:42:48:

In Reply to: Blue Hands... posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

I agree with SHAPE, it sounds like bad circulation and that bad circulation could possibly cause a dry skin too since not enough nutrients might be delivered to the skin.

Luba

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Re: Blue Hands...

Posted by
Cheezi on November 04, 2003 at 00:05:20:

In Reply to: Blue Hands... posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

Ask your doctor about the possibility of Reynaud's Phenomenon.

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Re: Blue Hands... (Dysautonomia) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 04, 2003 at 06:29:24:

In Reply to: Blue Hands... posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

Hi, J.

Everyone has good suggestions.

Are you a smoker? If not, this is totally due to dysautonomia and the reduction of blood supply to the extremities that always happens with chronic fight or flight.

See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and focus on chronic stress-effect and SR.

Serious wellness and the omega 3s will clear this up in 6-12 months at the longest.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Re: Blue Hands...

Posted by Sally on November 04, 2003 at 07:06:56:

In Reply to: Blue Hands... posted by J on November 03, 2003 at 07:24:17:

Vitamin B-6 is also a good supplement for this and carpal tunnel. Try 300 mg. for a while and see if it works for you. Reduce your dose after a month or two.

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