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My hands and fingers and the tips of my fingernails turn purple. Why?

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You may have Raynaud's disease. It is a condition in which fingers (both on hands and toes) turn purple after exposure to changes in temperature. Abnormal spasm of the blood vessels causes a diminished blood supply to the local tissues and makes the fingers turn purple.

Do you experience any other symptoms besides discoloration?
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Hello there Phyllis,

Well if you are suffering from the Raynaud’s then during the attack of it you are going through the process of changing colors. Basically affected areas of your skin turn white at first and then they turn blue. When they turn blue you will feel cold and numb, and your sense of touch will be dulled.

 As your circulation improves the affected areas can turn red, throb, tingle or swell. The order of these colors is different in every person because we are all different and maybe your experience during this attack is going to be completely different. Also there are cases when not everyone experiences all three colors. Anyhow you will need to see your doctor regarding to this matter.

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