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Alternative NamesBlanching of the fingers; Fingers - pale
Definition Return to top
Fingers that change color when they are exposed to cold temperatures or stress are a sign of cyanosis. Cyanosis is a bluish discoloration of the skin and mucous membranes from lack of oxygen.
Considerations Return to top
Raynaud's phenomenon may cause sudden change in the finger color.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Avoid exposure to cold in any form. Wear mittens or gloves outdoors and when handling ice or frozen food. Avoid chilling, which may happen following any active recreational sport. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes and wool socks. When outside, always wear shoes.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your doctor for an appointment if:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
The doctor will perform a physical examination, which will include close examination of the hands, arms, and fingers.
The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:
Tests that may be done include:
Treatment depends on the underlying cause.Update Date: 6/18/2007 Updated by: Steve Lee, DO, Rheumatology Fellow, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.