I hate winter. I hate working outside in winter. Even when wearing good, properly fitting, insulated gloves, my hands freeze. Even when properly using layers to insulate the rest of me, my hands freeze. The rest of me can be uncomfortably warm, yet my hands still freeze.
Crappy circulation and winter can both go fornicate with themselves.
Some of my fingers turn almost white, even when it's not bitter cold. I have Reynaud's Syndrome
I take Nifedipine in the winter months, it helps:
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor!
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My L.L. Bean wool lined three finger mittens keep my fingers toasty warm. I only use gloves when I need to carefully manipulate small items.
I got it too. Reynauds. Nothing you can do. Mine is moderate. I come in and turn on stove burner. Limited on where I go and what I do in winter.
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As an avid winter sports enthusiast I can tell you cold hands are the result of not enough insulation of your trunk area. Wear an insulated vest or more neck protection and the blood won't rush from your hands to your main organs trying to keep them warmer.
If you wear too much insulation around your trunk area your hands will actually get warm because the body naturally sends blood to the extremities to shed heat. Try it, you'll be amazed how east it is to warm different parts of the body.
Neither gloves or mittens will keep your hands warm if there is no blood circulation.
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I knew wearing a head covering helped you keep warm, but never heard about over insulating (?) your trunk to assist blood flow to your hands.
Never really had to deal with real cold weather, I always tried to get by with the least amount of bulky clothing with mittens allowing my fingers to help each other stay warm.
This website is one handy resource. Thanks
Unfortunately, even with enough extra insulation on my feet, legs, upper body, and head to have me drowning in sweat, my hands would still freeze. I still freeze my hands when I have an appropriate amount of insulation on where I'm comfortably warm but not sweating. Literally no amount of insulation on the rest of my body will cause enough blood circulation in my hands to prevent them from quickly freezing in the winter.
I have awful circulation in my hands. Yay diabetes.
Raynaud's is partially due to hyperreactivity of the nerves controlling the small muscles surrounding the arteries Once they constrict - game over - the toes and fingers get cold. Even relatively moderate temps - like in the 40's can trigger some folks going into spasm. Usual treatment is a vasodilator (like nifedipine) as well as avoiding caffeine. Still, it's a hard problem to treat effectively
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Have you tried wearing a vest which keeps your mid section warm?
I wear vests all the time during winter months and if you get too hot working outside, you can easily unzip or unbutton.
I drink way too much diet Coke, that does not help.
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