Coldness on One Side: Understanding Causes and Seeking Help

Coldness on One Side: Understanding Causes and Seeking Help
Published on, 11 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Subramaniam Vanathi and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've been experiencing an unusual sensation lately and thought it best to seek your expertise. Specifically, I've noticed that my right hand and foot consistently feel colder than the corresponding parts on my left side. Generally, I consider myself to be in good health, but this discrepancy has caught my attention. When I attempted to find information online, most resources discussed coldness in both hands or feet, rather than just one side. Just to provide some context, I have been managing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels effectively. Additionally, I am 56 years old and carry a slight excess weight, though I wouldn't classify it as severe. Could you shed some light on why this might be happening? Any insights or recommendations you could offer would be greatly appreciated.



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Your proactive approach to seeking advice is commendable.


Coldness in the extremities can have various causes, both benign and potentially concerning. While external factors like weather can contribute, the consistent nature of your symptoms suggests the need to explore other underlying causes.


Conditions such as anemia, diabetes, and the effects of smoking can lead to persistent coldness in one side of the body. It's important to note any accompanying changes in skin color and seek evaluation by a healthcare professional, especially considering your medical history of managing high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.


Prioritize scheduling an appointment with a clinician for a comprehensive assessment and tailored recommendations. Your proactive approach to your health is commendable, and with proper medical guidance, we can address this effectively.




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