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ask: My daughthers hands turned blue, besides poor circulation - what else can it be?

By Angelica
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My daughter is 16 and on Friday night her hands turned blue she felt a tingling sensation but other than that no other symptoms. Her right hand was bluer than her left hand, what would have caused this to come on so suddenly? It last for about an hour and a half and hasn't occurred again.
Thank you,

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Thanks for your response Maryann. We took our daughter to her doctor and she thinks it may be Raynaud's Disease, but wants us to take her to a specialist for a formal diagnosis. I will let you know what it is once we find out.

September 7, 2011 - 2:33pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hi Angelica,
That must have been a frightening experience for your daughter and you, as well. Consulting your pediatrician is the best way to determine the cause of this episode. It is possible that your daughter may have Raynaud's, which is sometimes called disease, syndrome or phenomenon. Cold temperature or stress can trigger an attack. During an attack. there is little or no blood flow to the affected body part. As a result, the skin may turn white then blue for a short time. About 5% of the U.S. population has Raynaud's. For most people with primary Raynaud's, it is more of a bother than a serious illness. Please keep us posted.


September 6, 2011 - 5:53pm
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