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redness in hands and feet

i have been searching for an answer to this questio for two years. No one has been able to give me any help. my hands get severly red when i am doing any kind of work. Weither walking or dishes but when i put them up over my head they return to normal when placed lower again red comes. my feet as well will turn bright red. Both extremities burn very badly and sweat. I was told this is raynauds but my hands have never turned blue purple or white. Only red and it is brought on by stress and heat. The hotter it gets the more red they will become. If i get into the cold and sit all is fine. Does anyone have any idea what this is or any disease that causes such a phenomenon to occur.
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HI WHAT TYPE OF DOCTOR ARE YOU SEEING?IS IT ONE WHO IS A SPECIALIST IN THIS FIELD?OR IS IT YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR?HAVE YOU TALKED WITH A CARDIOLOGIST?THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP IN THIS AREA AS WELL SINCE INVOLVES THE CIRCULARTORY SYSTEM.IT'S WORTH A SHOT.THERE HAS TO BE A REASON FOR YOUR HANDS AND FEET TO BE DOING THIS.ALL SO TRY DOING SOME RESEARCH ON YOUR OWN FOR REDNESS IN HANDS AND FEET CAUSED BY HOTNESS OR HOW EVER YOU NEED TO WORD IT.KEEP SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS THEY WILL COME.GOD WILL OPEN A DOOR,JUST KEEP SEARCHING AND PRAYING.TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF.TNT406
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HI ARE YOU CURRENTLY SEEING A DOCTOR FOR THE DIAGNOSES OF RAYNAUDS DISEASE?IF NOT YOU SHOULD BE THERE ARE MEDICINES THEY CAN PRESCRIBE TO YOU,NITROGLYCRINE IS ONE FOR EXAMPLE.IT HELPS OPEN THE BLOOD VESSELS THAT IS WHY YOUR HANDS AND FEET TURN RED.THEY ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH BLOOD SUPPLY.IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY UNDER DOCTORS CARE FOR THE RAYNAUDS DISEASE YOU SHOULD BE.I AM NOT A DOCTOR I AM ONLY GIVING YOU MY OPPINION.TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF.TNT406
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yes i am currently seeing a doctor. he prescribed cardizem la 120 but it doesnt seem to bring too much relief and i can not take too high of a dose due to the fact i get very dizzy. my BP  is typically lately 110/76 ,so too high a dose necesary to see great results is too dangerous for me. with the diagnosis of raynauds however i am not afflicted by cold. I told him that it's the heat. When it gets hot my hands and feet turn red and burn. This symptom goes on all day so long as i am standing, or sitting it's just ridiculous. the attacks so to speak seem to last forever. it's like the opposite of what is the definition of raynauds.
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thank you for you reply. god willing this will get better. i am going to go and see a rhematologist and i hope he has some answers for me. i exhausted of internet searching i have looked and looked for years now but hopefully a good doc can shed some light on this..thank you and take care.
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YOUR WELCOME AND SEEING A RHUEMATOLOGIST IS A GOOD IDEA ALL SO.LET ME KNOW HOW YOUR DOING IN I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU FOUND HELP.GOD BLESS YOU AMEENA.TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF.TNT406
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im the same, hands above head = normal.

hands down bending over. dark red/blood rush instant.

also when i touch the redness in hands (the redness is actually on my hands/arms/feet and face). yeh, when i touch those areas when they are red, it goes white (which is normal) BUT it stays white longer than normal, i recon it has something ot do with blood pressure or circulation. ive had it for at least 5 years. im 18 now.

email me with any information please ***@****
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The same thing has been  happening to me for the past 3 years and is getting progressively worse. I've stopped wearing flip flops because ppl are always asking what is wrong with my feet, unfortunatly there's not much I can do to hide the red hands. Sometimes my hands and feet feel like they are on fire and other times they feel completely normal or even cold to the touch (regardless of the temp they are usually abnormally red). Occasionally my feet will turn a purplish color and my toes will go numb, this can happen even when my hands are on fire and bright red. Its so strange.  Koops266, I also have an abnormally increased CRT (capillary refill time - the time it takes for blood to return to the small vessels after applying pressure, it should not stay white for more than 2 sec). I have done alot of research and have yet to find an answer. Please let me know if you find any information and I will do the same
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I know exactly how you feel. I'm going through the same thing right now, and I'm in the 10th grade. It's humiliating after gym class when I have to go to my next class and my knuckles and fingers are bright red. I've had people stare at my hands and some have come up to me and asked what was wrong.
I've had this problem for 2 years now, but before then I had a separate hand problem that I'm wondering if you had too. When I was in the 8th grade my hands were raw and constantly had little cuts on them. I'm an obsessive compulsive handwasher and I use a ton of soap so I couldn't be more certain that the drying out is from that. I also use only cold water when I wash my hands so that possibly played some role, but I believe that it's mostly from using too much soap. Do you also use a lot of soap when you wash your hands?
I want to figure out what the main cause of it is, so I can find out what it's called and how it can be treated.
I hope you get this message since it's been like 3 years and that we both find our way out of the burning.
*Starr
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I'm in the same boat.  Red, red burning hands and feet.  Exercise and heat seem to make it worse. They sweat too and then I get cold to my bones.   I change socks often.  I sweat at night too.  Not just my hands and feet, but sometime my chest too. Unrelenting for only one month now and it is driving me batty.  I hope we can identify and answer!  I am currently seeing a rhuematalogist.  I will let you know if I get any help.
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I have Raynauds but what you're talking about is different. It's called erythromelalgia. Some folks have both but this gives you an idea of what erythromelalgia is. I got this information from a message on the Raynauds board that I visit. Hope it helps.

Symptoms
If you have been diagnosed with EM, symptoms may include hands or feet that are very red to purple in color, are perhaps swollen, hot to the touch, and have burning pain.

Location
For some, EM symptoms may appear in the face, ears, knees or other parts of the body. The intensity of the symptoms varies from person to person. Some notice a continual burning pain while others are troubled with "flare-ups" or episodes lasting from minutes to days in length.

Triggers
Warm temperatures seem to be the most frequent trigger for EM episodes. Flare-ups are provoked by heat and exercise, and symptoms are relieved by cooling and elevating the affected extremities. Some TEA members have found that foods, spices like MSG, beverages (particularly alcohol) and some drugs can make EM symptoms worse.
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I started about 5 yrs ago with slight numbness and burning in my feet and hands.  I was diagnosed with neuropathy. It has progressed to both feet, both hands, up to my knees and almost to my elbo.  They burn like frost bite.  My hands turn blood red, the bottoms of my feet and toes turn red.  I sleep with an electric blanket year round. The heat seems to help. I take neurontin 800 mg 3xday. I see a rhymatologist
and neurologist. I had a nerve biopsy which said I had pereferal nerve damage.  My nerve conduction test showed I have also sensory nerve damage. I have fibro, osteo ar. for 20 yrs, now a year ago was diagnosed severe RA. My do says the neuropathy was caused by an autoimmune disease, which we now know was RA.  My feet and hands don't stay red. Just suddenly decide to get red and burn unbelieveably bad.  Was I misdiagnosed. Could I have Renaulds(spell)disease?  Thanks dearhunter
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I Have been diagnosed with having Pereferal nerve damage. It started 15 months ago after I started taking Simvastatin for my supposed cholesteral. I have red hands & Feet and in severe pain 24/7. Can't stand hot water and its like walking on and holding hot burning broken glass.It has now progressed to my ankles and arms ......driving me insane. Doctors have prescribed various tablets to calm down the nerve signals in my brain and explained that my nerve endings are like electrical wires with no sheath. Problem is the tablets make me very drowsy and they only temporarily mask the problem so I am ;looking for a cure. I had shingles 2 years ago and asked the doc for the same tablets I was on for that as it was very similar and they at least help me get through some nights. The specialist I am seeing seems to be at a loss. I'm blaming the Simvastain as it's known that they can cause this side effect even though I stopped taking them after 2 months but according to the sites for Pereferal nerve damage lots of things including a severe virus or Diabetes can set it off. Keep digging as I think we will have to find our own cure......Good luck.  Jo.
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It's not unusual for people with Raynauds to also have other problems such as RA, lupus, Sjogrens, etc.; things that would normally be handled by a rheumatologist. In that case Raynauds is called secondary, it's a secondary issue to the lupus or whatever. Severe Raynauds can eventually lead to some nerve damage and tissue damage since the circulation is compromised. I'm fortunate that my Raynauds is primary; I have no other problems associated with it.
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