Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
192 Doctors are Online

Deep purple nail beds after running in cold weather. Anything to be worried?

My wife just finished running and had layer of clothes on...when she got home her temp was 96 and her nail beds were deep purple. She could hardly move her fingers and they tingled somewhat. She was shaking and felt like her circulation was affected. Her nail beds had a white dot in the middle of them.. she is a daily runner and is in very good shape...anything we should be looking for when she gets checked out?
Asked On : Mon, 21 Jan 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  23
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi! Thank you for your question and welcome to our site.

Your wife may have experienced Raynaud's phenomenon/disease - this is an exaggerated response to cold or emotional stress not associated to any other disease. Due to these stimuli, blood vessels supplying the fingers, toes, or even the ears may vasoconstrict, thus decreasing the blood supply to these areas and causing a decrease in their oxygen supply.

This is different from Raynaud's syndrome, when the response is secondary to a host of possible conditions which include some connective tissue diseases, hypothyroidism, atherosclerosis, drug effects, and others. Thus, there will be a LOT of possible symptoms to check for. Some common ones may include exhaustion, weakness, difficulties with breathing, dizziness and badly healing wounds. Only a careful medical examination along with some diagnostic tests can reveal whether your wife has Raynaud's disease or Raynaud's syndrome.

In the meantime, I would suggest that your wife avoid the triggers: wear thick gloves, socks and ear muffs/hats. Smoking and caffeine may also worsen occurrence so it is also best to avoid these.

I hope I was able to answer your concerns! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take care!

Dr. Galera
Answered: Sun, 14 Jul 2013
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor