Warm or hot hands can be caused by several medical conditions. The temperature of the hands can change for many reasons, and they may feel warm or cold at different times of the day. Anyone concerned about a change in their hands should consult a doctor.
When hands gets abnormally warm all the time, it could be caused by infection, increased blood flow, or other medical issues.
Causes of warm hands
Warm hands can be caused by the following medical issues:
1. Changes in external temperature
Warm hands can point to a difference between the temperature of the body and the outdoor temperature. The warmness or hotness of the hands can increase with the weather. Any activity that involves the hands being covered in sunny weather can make it to be warmer than the rest of the body.
Cold weather can also have this effect, mainly in people who have been wearing gloves or who are very sensitive to temperature changes.
2. High blood pressure
An area of the body can feel warm due to an increased blood flow to that area. People with high blood pressure or hypertension may experience warmness of hands or feet at all times.
3. Inflammatory conditions
Inflammation is one way that the body fights off infections and blood tends to flow to an area that is inflamed. Some medical conditions can cause parts of the body to be chronically inflamed, allowing more blood to flow to the infected area.
Inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, affecting the hands or wrists can lead to an unusual feeling of warmth. Rheumatoid arthritis causes the body to attack joint tissue, leading to inflammation, pain, and swelling.
Exercise or any activity that involves moving the hands intensely can increases blood flow, causing them to temporarily feel warm. People who spend long writing, typing or engaging in grip exercises may notice that their hands feel warm for a few minutes afterward.
5. Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is any damage to the median nerve, located in the wrist. This disorder can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, an injury, thyroid gland issues, and cysts. Apart from hotness of the hands, other symptoms associated with this condition is weakness and shakiness of the hands.
6. Cellulitis and other infections
An infection called cellulitis, which occurs deep in the skin tissue and spreads quickly can be the cause of warmness of hands. High temperature can help the body to fight infection. So, an infected area tends to feel warm, including the hands. Other accompanying symptoms include; redness of hands, pains, and swollen hands.
This is a long-term condition that involves widespread muscle pain and areas of tenderness throughout the body. Scientists suspect the pain is caused by nerve hyperactivity.
Some people with are sensitive to changes in temperature, and they may have hot or cold sensations in their hands.
Warm hands cannot really be described as a medical condition, but rather as a symptom. Not all cases of warm hands require treatment. The treatment for warm hands may depend on the underlying cause.
Depending on the diagnosis, a doctor may suggest:
- Cellulitis: antibiotics
- High blood pressure: medications for blood pressure, weight loss, dietary changes, exercise, and regular monitoring.
- Peripheral neuropathy: treatment for the underlying cause and pain medication
- Inflammatory conditions: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), lifestyle changes, physical therapy, drugs that suppress the immune system, and complementary treatments such as acupuncture
- Fibromyalgia: antidepressants, medications, lifestyle changes, exercise, and complementary or alternative treatments
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