Many people go to their doctors with the complaint of feeling cold all the time. More often than not, this is not a standalone disease. Instead, it may be a symptom of an underlying condition causing the patient to feel cold. You can feel cold even when your body temperature is normal or even when you suffer from fever.
Causes of Always Feeling Cold and Treatment Options
Here are some causes why people would feel cold all the time, along with some treatment options:
- When you are suffering from anemia, the levels of oxygen carrying component in the blood, hemoglobin, goes down. Low hemoglobin level in the blood reduces its ability to carry oxygenated blood into the extremities, thus inducing a chill feeling in the toes and limbs.
- If you are anemic, it is possible for you to feel cold than people sitting beside you in the same room.
- Most often, it is iron deficiency anemia or Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia that is responsible for such feeling.
- Correct the condition with appropriate medication and dietary modification to raise your hemoglobin levels. This will help your body temperature to be regulated and make it warmer.
- Hypoglycemia is low sugar level in the blood. With hypoglycemia, the patient perspires profusely.
- Coldness is usually accompanied by weakness and in severe forms, disorientation and syncope.
- In diabetic hypoglycemia, the patient is either taking insulin or oral anti diabetic drugs.
- Acute hypoglycemia can be addressed with small frequent meals that are high in fiber and carbohydrate.
- A condition where there is a decrease in the production of thyroid hormone.
- The feeling of coldness can be accompanied by unexplained weight gain, sluggishness, constant fatigue , constipation, generalized vague muscular pain, poor appetite and forgetfulness.
- There is dryness of skin, coarse and dry hair and menstrual disorders when the patient is suffering from hypothyroidism.
- A simple blood test, TSH, is sufficient to diagnose this problem. Hypothyroidism can be treated with supplementation of thyroid hormones.
- In this condition, the arteries in the legs become narrow and there is marked reduction of blood flow especially in the hands and toes. Most often, a person suffering from atherosclerosis or a chronic smoker is susceptible to peripheral vascular disease. However, old age and other contributory factors also play an important role in PVD.
- Treatment involves dietary and lifestyle changes to improve blood flow. Besides, medications to control blood pressure and increased cholesterol will provide additional relief.
- Nerve Problems as a result of diabetic neuropathy can cause tingling and numbness, together with a cold feeling all the time.
- Cardiac Issues : In a person suffering from pericarditis, inflammation of the outer lining of the heart may have a constant feeling of coldness. It is most often due to infective pathology and tuberculosis is most probable cause.
- Body Temperature Problems.
- Constant body pain can also be a cause of coldness symptom together with Diaphoresis and paleness.
- Anxiety, panic attack and constant can be a cause for feeling cold.
- Certain medications, especially those prescribed for hypertension, angina, or for migraine can cause a cold feeling. This is because the beta blockers used in these conditions may reduce the circulation in the extremities while increasing blood circulation to the heart.