Your hands are one of the most important body parts when it comes to daily activities, including necessary daily scrolling and texting. Obviously, you see them every day, but when’s the last time you really looked at your hands?
Every part of your hands, from fingers and nails to palm, could display signals to tell you that something’s wrong with your health. They’re revealing!
By looking down at your hands, you could discover early signs of conditions or diseases you weren’t aware of yet. Many doctors look at the hands for important clues to overall health since they can tell a great deal about circulation, hormones, and thyroid function.
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#1 – Numb, Shaky, or Tingling Hands
Your hands can often become a bit numb, shaky, or swollen when you carry something heavy or after a long routine of typing and mouse-clicking on your computer. But you should never ignore these symptoms if they’re frequent or prolonged.
In case your hands are shaking uncontrollably, don’t panic. It could be that you’ve had too much caffeine. Also, certain medications, including antidepressants and asthma drugs, can also cause your hands to tremble.
However, if none of these causes are to blame, or you develop unexplained and frequent shaking, see your doctor as soon as possible. A rare cause could be Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement.
#2 – Pain in Your Thumb and Index
Pain, spasm, or tingling in your thumb, index finger, or/and middle finger could be early signs of the carpal tunnel syndrome. These symptoms emerge due to pressure on the median nerve in your wrist, which can be anything from uncomfortable to extremely painful.
Illnesses such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hypothyroidism, can cause swelling, which leads to the carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, constantly making the same hand movements, particularly if your wrist is bent down (for example, playing piano), or making the same wrist movements over and over.
#3 – Slow Wounds Healing
Delayed wound healing means that the wound, cut, or scratch has difficulty healing or staying closed. This could be a sign of diabetes. And if accompanied by increased thirst and hunger as well as numbness or spasms in feet and hands, then it is crucial to see a doctor, who would check your blood sugar levels.
Other common explanations for why wounds just won’t heal include poor circulation, fluid buildup, poor immunity, infection, stress, lack of sleep, inflammation, and poor nutrition.
#4 – Change in Fingers Color
If your fingertips change in color (white, blue, or red), it could be a sign of Raynaud’s (ray-NOHZ) disease, which causes coldness of fingers and toes and can come along with tingling, numbness, and pain.
According to experts, Raynaud’s phenomenon occurs following a spasm of blood vessels and poor circulation, though the exact cause remains unknown. Treatment involves taking prescribed medication, wearing gloves, and avoiding smoking, emotional stress, and exposure to cold temperatures.
In worst cases, blue fingertips can indicate low oxygen levels in the body, and if accompanied by fever, it could signal pneumonia. And if it occurs after exercise, it might be an early sign of a long-term lung disease.
#5 – Sweaty Palms
Stress as well as an overactive thyroid, which hastens your metabolism, stimulating more heat and burning extra calories, can make your palms sweaty.
However, excessive or frequent sweating should be reported to a medical professional. It could be a symptom of menopause or thyroid conditions, as well as hyperhidrosis, in which overactive sweat glands produce far more perspiration than needed.
#6 – Cracked or Weak Nails
Contact with bleach and other cleaning products can make your nails instantly weaker. But if your nails are often fragile without any external or obvious cause, you might have a zinc deficiency.
Zinc may help with the growth and regeneration of your skin cells. You may want to consider eating more zinc-rich foods, such as meat, nuts, oats, and wheat germ, to improve nail health.
#7 – Cold Hands
Hands get cold at low-temperature environments, which is totally normal. However, constantly cold hands are an alarming sign of lurking health problems. Cold hands are usually a sign of poor circulation although they can also indicate (along with other symptoms) Raynaud’s disease, which we previously mentioned.
Cold hands can also be a sign of stress, as the heart pumps blood to other areas of the body where it’s needed most. Your hands may also turn cold in case of an under-active thyroid or if you have low blood pressure.
#8 – Swollen Fingers
If your fingers are swollen after getting off an airplane, just ignore it. Swollen fingers usually occur when it’s hot outside, before period, or after a salty meal. But if your fingers feel stiff and thick or your ring just won’t fit after many days of cutting back on salt and drinking plenty of water, the swelling could indicate hypothyroidism, which causes your metabolism to slow down.
Ask your doctor for a routine thyroid check to measure the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone. (TSH level should be between 0.3 and 3.0.)
#9 – Discolored Nails
If your nails turn yellow or green, it could be due to a fungal infection, which if long-lasting or frequent, can be an early sign of diabetes. Fungi and bacteria thrive when your immune system and circulation are impaired, which is usually the case with diabetics. You may consider getting a test for your blood sugar levels and an anti-fungal treatment.
And if your fingernails are blue, it could be a sign of several breathing and lung problems as well as heart problems. In this blue case, you should consider getting an analysis to measure blood oxygen and some tests to check your lungs and heart.
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