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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pale Hands

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pale hands. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the compression of the nerves and/or blood vessels that run through the upper chest. It can occur as a result of trauma, surgery, growths in the body, or just randomly.

    Resolves with treatment (30% relapse)

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one shoulder, spontaneous shoulder pain, arm weakness, arm numbness, pain in one shoulder blade
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Raynaud Phenomenon

    Primary Raynaud phenomenon is a disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, which causes the blood vessels to narrow when feeling cold or stressed. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue.

    This condition is considered irreversible, but it should not prevent you from living a healthy life.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, cold toe, cold fingers, spontaneous toe pain, spontaneous finger pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Mild Frostbite of the Upper Limbs

    Frostbite is tissue damage caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports. It is also more likely in those who are intoxicated or have a mental disorder.

    It takes 1-3 months to assess the damage, at which time, surgery might be needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, hand pain, hand redness, cold hands, cold fingers
    Symptoms that always occur with mild frostbite of the upper limbs:
    cold fingers
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Frostnip of the Upper Limbs

    Frostnip is damage of the outermost layers of the skin caused by exposure to the cold (at or below 32F or 0C). It is most commonly found in people doing leisurely activities like camping, hunting, or snow sports.

    As long as you are able to get to a place to re-warm, the damage should be reversible.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, hand pain, hand redness, cold hands, cold fingers
    Symptoms that always occur with frostnip of the upper limbs:
    cold fingers
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pale Hands

  • Q.Do you drink alcohol?
  • Q.Do any of your body parts (e.g., toes, hands, ears) feel cold?
  • Q.Were you recently exposed to the freezing cold (under 32F or 0C)?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?

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Pale Hands Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pale hands have also experienced:

    • 8% Fever
    • 6% Fatigue
    • 6% Chills
  • People who have experienced pale hands had symptoms persist for:

    • 50% Less Than a Day
    • 22% Less Than a Week
    • 16% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced pale hands were most often matched with:

    • 54% Mild Frostbite of the Upper Limbs
    • 36% Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • 9% Raynaud Phenomenon
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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