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My son, age 21, called this morning from college where is an

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Hi. My son, age 21, called this morning from college where is an ncaa soccer player and track runner (sprinter) reported that last night the palms of his hands swelled and are "purple in color", reports seeing the veins in his palms. He took some advil and reports no change. No injury to his hands, has had no contact with different foods, soaps etc. Is on no medication, other than a topical cream for excema which he has used for years. He attends school in MN.
Any ideas or suggestions as to cause would be greatly appreciated.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Singh replied 6 years ago.
A likely cause of his symptoms is Raynaud's phenomenon. This can cause discoloration of extremities in response to very cold temperatures. This occurs because cold weather can cause spasm of small blood vessels in the hands or feet causing pale to purple color along with pain or swelling. Also allergy to medications or chemicals can cause these symptoms. He should be advised to keep the hands warm and stay indoors as much as possible. Also he should see a doctor or nurse soon for an examination.

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