Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cold Weather and Anemia

Well, if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, no doubt you have been experiencing some of the most extreme cold/snowy weather we have ever had. With that said, as a severe anemic, the issues are compounded by the sustained cold weather.
Everyone gets cold hands and feet sometimes, especially during winter. The difference is that those suffering from severe Anemia (such as myself) will lose blood circulation in their outer extremities at the slightest change in temperature. In these cases, the fingers and toes turn white or take on a bluish tinge as they get colder, and they may feel painful or numb. When they warm up again, they become red as the blood returns and may throb with pain for a few minutes to several hours, depending on the severity of the reaction.
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