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Having cold hand and swelling. How to diagnose my symptoms?

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I have a constant cold hand and they are sweilling. I am worry because it is the 3rd winter it is happening. I have been to see the doctor. He can not help me.
Posted Sat, 2 Mar 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 30 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

Cold hands and swelling in winters suggests connective tissue disorder.

The following are the possibilities.

1.Raynaud's syndrome.
In this condition the fingers become bluish, there occurs pain and swelling of fingers, on exposure to cold.

Here also there is pain tightening and swelling of fingers. There also occurs rashes on the fingers.

It manifests with pain swelling and ulceration of digits. The fingers may feel cool.

Here are my suggestions for you.
1.Always wear gloves.
2.When you get an attack of swelling in your hand, dip them in warm water for 10 min.This will relieve the swelling.

You must get the following investigations done.
1 XXXXXXX profile, to rule out lupus and scleroderma.
2.RA factor, for rheumatoid arthritis.
3.X XXXXXXX of both hands, to see resorption of digits.

Please XXXXXXX a dermatologist. He can guide you regarding these tests.

Hope my suggestions help you a bit.

Wishing you good health.

Thank You
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Follow-up: Having cold hand and swelling. How to diagnose my symptoms? 16 hours later
thank you very much. I'm going to follow your advice.
Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 4 minutes later
You are welcome.

If you find it useful kindly rate the discussion before closing it.

Wishing you good health
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