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127 Possible Causes for Frostbite, Narrow Hands

  • Cold Exposure

    Frostbite, the most serious peripheral injury, results in tissue necrosis from direct cellular damage and indirect damage secondary to vasospasm and arterial thromboses.[] Nicotine (from tobacco) and caffeine cause narrowing of the blood vessels in the hands and feet.[] Frostbite The human body is mostly water. Frostbite happens when exposure to the cold causes water in the tissues to freeze and form crystals.[]

  • Raynaud's Disease

    In severe cases there may damage to the skin on the tips of the toes and fingers with an appearance similar to frostbite.[] When you are cold or stressed, the arteries in your extremities (fingers, hands, feet, toes) narrow, or constrict.[] This response can cause frostbite. In people with Raynaud's, the response to cold is quicker and stronger.[]

  • Raynaud Phenomenon

    Q: How is Raynaud’s different from frostbite? A: Exposure to extreme cold causes frostbite, in which there is actual tissue damage.[] Raynaud's (say "ray-NOHZ") phenomenon is a problem when the blood vessels in the hands and feet are extra sensitive and become more narrow than normal.[] The blood vessels are extra sensitive and become more narrow than normal, making the hands and feet feel very cold and numb for a short time.[]

  • Hypothermia

    Even skin that is protected can be subject to frostbite.[] In borderline weather, carry hand protection along for possible use later in the day.[] Mild frostbite will not cause any permanent damage but taking measures to avoid any progression of the frostbite is very important.[]

  • Chilblain

    Continued Frostbite Symptoms A variety of frostbite classification systems have been proposed.[] One common condition that can lead to poor circulation in fingers and hands is Raynaud’s disease , characterized by the narrowing of blood vessels in the hands.[] Side-effects to some medicines may narrow (constrict) tiny blood vessels. This may be enough to make you prone to repeated chilblains.[]

  • Diabetic Gangrene

    Common causes of wet gangrene can include: car accidents industrial accidents crush injuries burns Gunshot wounds and frostbite are also causes of wet gangrene, but they are[] Diminished blood flow as a result of narrowed vessels will not lessen the body's defenses against invading bacteria.[] Be mindful of drops in temperature – frostbite can contribute to gangrene as well.[]

  • Acrocyanosis

    However, frostbite differs from acrocyanosis because pain often accompanies the former condition, while the latter is very rarely associated with pain.[] Considered a vasospastic disorder, it affects the arteries supplying blood to the skin of the hands and feet.[] The main difference between acrocyanosis and frostbite is pain.[]

  • Arthritis

    Researchers in the US have discovered that a gene mutation which increases the risk of arthritis evolved in the Ice Age to help protect our ancestors from frostbite.[] The maximum erosion score of all joints in both hands is 160 and the maximum score for joint space narrowing in all joints of both hands is 120.[] : symmetrical or concentric marginal erosions: due to erosion by pannus of the bony “ bare areas ” Hands and wrists Diagnosis and follow-up of patients with RA commonly involve[]

  • Tendinitis

    Chemical ice packs can get too cold and cause frostbite. Compression using an elastic wrap minimizes swelling and bleeding in an acute sprain.[] It is in this narrow space that the median nerve is pinched by inflamed or irritated tendons or other swelling.[] If ice is applied to the skin without a barrier between the ice and the skin, the patient should be carefully monitored so that frostbite does not occur.[]

  • Gangrene and Necrosis of the Lung

    Mostly in the extremities, such as atherosclerosis, thrombosis obliterans and frostbite and other diseases.[] Diminished blood flow as a result of narrowed vessels will not lessen the body's defenses against invading bacteria.[] Wet gangrene can develop following a severe burn or frostbite.[]

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