Fingers that change color
Fingers or toes may change color when they are exposed to cold temperatures or stress, or when there is a problem with their blood supply.
Blanching of the fingers; Fingers - pale; Toes that change color; Toes - pale
These conditions can cause fingers or toes to change color:
Things you can do to help prevent this problem include:
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your provider will perform a physical exam, which will include close examination of your hands, arms, and fingers.
Your provider will ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:
Tests that may be done include:
Treatment depends on the underlying cause.
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Review Date: 5/13/2019
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