by Marisa Amorasak
Chronic cold hands can actually be a sign of a number of serious medical conditions, often related to blood circulation. It's often hard for doctors to determine the precise cause of the problem, however. In cases like these, where internal medicine may not yet be an option, there's a new way to effectively treat cold hands. The wrinkle-fighting injectable BOTOX Cosmetic® has been found to relieve chronic cold hands and the discomforts associated with it.
Chronic cold hands are usually a result of poor blood flow. Since the extremities are the hardest parts for blood to reach, people who suffer from cold hands may also suffer from cold feet and even earlobes. Raynaud's Syndrome is a condition in which blood flow to the extremities is severely reduced, resulting in hands that are not just cold, but also pale or blue in color (called pallor). Raynauds' symptoms are most likely to rear their head in cold weather, but can appear at any time. Raynaud's Syndrome can be quite painful and dangerous. When your hands start to lose oxygen, they turn blue and become extremely painful. If the hands lose circulation for too long, a person with Raynaud's risks the chance of the flesh on their fingers dying.
Dr. Nadara Sweiss of the University of Chicago Medical Center said that chronic cold hands go unaddressed too often. “If it takes more than 20 minutes to warm your hands then there is a problem,” she said.
Aside from Raynaud's, there are other reasons that a person may suffer from chronic cold hands. Stress can seriously affect blood circulation, as well as poor nutrition. The symptoms will be similar to Raynaud's Syndrome. Luckily, there is a new solution available for the treatment of chronic cold hands, and its widespread availability makes it incredibly accessible.
Botox is made of botulinum toxin A, which is found in food-borne illnesses. In small dosages, Botox can restore the look of youthfulness by erasing fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, it was the most popular plastic surgery procedure in 2010, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Botox is also FDA-approved at treating hyperhydrosis, or excessive sweating. Its up and coming role as a solution to Raynaud's Syndrome and chronic cold hands has many doctors excited. The Botox is injected into the hands, with focus placed on spots that are prone to poor circulation. Some improvement may be seen immediately, and full results are visible in just a day.
The men's erectile dysfunction medication Viagra is also being used to help those with Raynaud's. Viagra increases blood flow everywhere, including to the hands. When Viagra is used in conjunction with Botox for chronic cold hands, the results have been impressive. The combination of increased blood flow with nonrestricted blood vessels quickly and effectively relieves Raynaud's symptoms.
Diana Merz of Chicago has had Raynaud's Syndrome for thirty years. She said that her symptoms only gets worse as the years pass. But things may be looking up for Merz, who recently tried her first Botox treatment for her hands: “I’m surprised at the color coming back so quickly,” Merz said after injections in her hands. “The tingling in my middle finger in my right hand which was always there is gone.”
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