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Fingers that change color
Alternative namesFingers that turn pale or turn colors when exposed to cold or stress is an indication of cyanosis. Blanching means to become pale. Cyanosis is a bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes from lack of oxygen.
ConsiderationsRaynaud's Disease or syndrome may cause sudden change in the finger color.
Home CareAvoid smoking.
Avoid exposure to cold in any form. Wear mittens or gloves outdoors and when handling ice or frozen food. Avoid chilling, which may happen following any active recreational sport. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes and wool socks. When outside, always wear shoes.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting change in finger color in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Use of drugs to dilate small arteries and improve circulation may be prescribed. Surgery to cut the sympathetic nerves to the affected extremities (for Raynaud's phenomenon) is an option that may relieve symptoms for 1 or 2 years before they recur.
After seeing your health care provider:
You may want to add a diagnosis related to change in finger color to your personal medical record.
Update Date: 10/24/2003Stanford Peng, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Rheumatology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT