You might be the picture of health, nearly perfect in every physical way. No ailments to be seen, no suffering to be addressed, coursing through life with the utmost in physical confidence and durability.
But one thing is bothering you; your hands. Every once-in-a-while, you’ll notice that one hand is noticeably colder than the other hand. You can feel it whenever you touch your arm with the afflicted hand. It confuses the heck out of you, certainly.
After all, what possible reason would there be for you to have one hand colder than the other? Well, actually there could be several factors at play here.
If you happen to be one who deals with this bizarre affliction on a daily basis, then read on and find out seven possible causes for different temperatures in hands.
We don’t want to start off this list by alarming you, so here’s a relatively simple explanation that might apply to you and you don’t even know it.
What do you do the most with your hands? For instance, if you spend a lot of time at the computer, which hand grips the mouse the most?
Sometimes, doing certain activities with one hand, or else handling certain heat-producing objects can cause the temperature of your hand to tick up slightly.
Your skin is designed to absorb heat like a sponge.
If it’s maintaining constant contact with something warmer than itself, then that could certainly make it seem like your hand is producing its own heat at an alarming rate
The heart is usually located on the left side of the body.
This means that whenever something is wrong with your heart, the left arm is likely going to feel it first. If your left hand is constantly warm, it could be attributed to the fact that it’s in direct connection with your heart.
The blood pumped from your heart could be heating up your left hand a little more quickly than your right.
Similarly, if something is wrong with your heart, and your hand’s temperature changes suddenly, it could be a warning of something more serious at play.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor to know for sure.
Irregular Blood Flow
If the muscles that constrict to help push blood around our bodies aren’t functioning correctly, this can create a temperature flux.
For instance, if your left-hand muscles are weaker than your right, your left hand may wind up cooler than your right.
This is called vasoconstriction, which is what happens when the muscles constrict too tightly for too long. It also cuts off blood flow on one side of the body.
When this happens, your fingertips can actually turn a faint blue color from lack of oxygenated blood flowing into them.
Once pressure is returned to normal, you’ll feel a sharp pain through your extremities, similar to what happens when your arm or leg falls asleep at night.
The environment around you could easily be causing a sharp temperature decrease or increase.
For instance, if you’re out and about during a deep freeze without proper gloves on, you’ll certainly feel the sting. If one hand is out and carrying something while the other is
buried safely in your coat pocket, this will create a noticeable shift in temperature balance between your hands, making one hand colder than the other.
This is because the body automatically routes blood to the more important core of yourself to keep it going. Your hands and feet aren’t critical for survival, so their blood flow can become less generous the colder it gets.
Underlying Health Issue
Some people are unfortunate enough to have an existing problem that might be causing their troubles.
Such a condition is known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, which causes blood vessels to overreact to negative stimuli such as cold or stress, causing them to essentially batten down the hatches, as it were.
They tighten up needlessly, which can greatly restrict blood flow.
The symptoms aren’t always noticeable for this condition and doctors still aren’t entirely sure of its cause, but needless to say that if you’ve got it, it can be a major source of discomfort and frustration.
It’s usually found in either the hands or the feet, and sometimes both. One hand colder than the other is usually a good indication of where it’s worst. Fortunately, it’s not usually that serious beyond mild discomfort.
Not Enough Exercise
If your circulation is poor, you might not be getting enough exercise, Motion helps the blood flow faster and more efficiently through your body.
Even if it’s just something simple, such as walking in place while sitting, doing a dozen jumping jacks per day or even just wiggling your toes while working, just take the time to move and be active.
Even if it’s only a small amount, it will make a massive difference if done regularly.
Try to get up and take short walks on your lunch breaks or make time to take your pets for longer outings in the evening. If one hand is colder than the other, get it moving on a project or working out to wake it up.
Try Heating Pads or Massage for Warmer Hands
Time to stimulate yourself a bit. Maybe your body just needs a burst of heat or a quick muscle rub.
Try to use a heating pad on yourself. They come in all kinds of different sizes for different portions of your body, including your feet and lower back, which can be problem areas.
Bursts of heat can help to open your blood vessels to allow more blood to flow through.
You can even treat yourself a little by holding a warm beverage in your hands while you relax under the heating pad.
It also wouldn’t hurt to gently, but firmly rub your feet and hands thoroughly to further encourage better blood flow through.
A little stimulation to your muscles can go a long way toward better circulation, which ultimately means better temperature distribution overall.
There’s no need to panic if you’re finding temperance unbalance in your body — making one hand colder than the other.
The odds are that it’s something very simple and easily remedied. Just try out different ideas and see which ones work the best for you.
It’s likely that a panicked trip to the doctor’s office isn’t at all necessary and the problem will work itself out in a few days.