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Old 01-13-2005, 09:26 PM   #1
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red/purple hands

Well for the past few years I've had red/purple hands 24/7. It really bugs me cause it looks discusting. My hands turn really, really red, or really purple. Dose anyone know whats wrong? Is it normal? Is there anyway of getting rid of it?

It's very rare that my hands are a normal color. and if they are normal color it won't last more then an hour.

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Old 01-14-2005, 03:45 PM   #2
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Re: red/purple hands

Our young daughter had purple/red feet years ago and it was a fungus. Check with your doctor for proper diagnosis. When a person has poor circulation in extremities sometimes the hands are red/purple. Better get it checked out.

Old 01-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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Re: red/purple hands

i have reynolds syndrome.. which causes my hands to change colours. normally goes purplish blue. it's caused by poor circulation.

Old 01-17-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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Re: red/purple hands

Hi there

I also suffer from Reynauds Syndrome but only mildly. At its worst for me, my fingers and feet turn white and numb/cold and then blue/purple when the effect wears off. For me, it is triggered by too much keyboard work, touching cold metals (like the trolley handles outside a supermarket). I changed my job a couple of years ago which reduced the input/keyboard work and I am a lot better.

For some people it can also accompany other problems like heart disease or diabetes. If you are having serious problems (and it sounds like you are if they are constantly red/purple), then you should really see your doctor.

Good luck

Old 01-17-2005, 11:02 AM   #5
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Re: red/purple hands

Yea, I talked to my doctor about the problem. It's bad circulation and something about temperture adjustment or something. I really had no idea what he was saying.

Maybe it dose have something to do with the temperture? It's -43C out right now. but I have it in the summers too. I right now my hands are okay. Just purpl[e/red on hte fingers. It's usually all around my hands.

Old 01-17-2005, 02:40 PM   #6
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Re: red/purple hands

Since the doc already told you it is circulation related aka probably Raynauds symdrome then you need to start working on improving your circulation. Several things can help. Try taking an aspirin a day (low dose aka baby aspirin) and take a good grape seed extract supplement. In the meantime you should try to keep your hands warm by wearing gloves or mittens outside and be sure to get plenty of exercise to help your circulation.

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