Having cold hands – even if you’re not in a cold environment – could be perfectly normal, and no cause for concern.

However, if you frequently have cold hands, accompanied by color changes, it could be a sign warning you that you have a serious health issue which should be addressed.

For example, having cold hands could mean you have a problem with the nerves or blood circulation or a problem with tissue damage in your hands or fingers. If you are outside in extreme cold weather and you have cold hands, you should watch for warning signs of frostbite.

Other causes of cold hands include:

Other signs and symptoms to watch for when you have cold hands include:

  • Cold feet or toes
  • Changes to the color of the skin on your hands, such as blue or white skin
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Open sores or blisters
  • Tightened or hardened skin

The Mayo Clinic recommends that you make an appointment to see your doctor if you're concerned about persistently cold hands. Treatment is aimed at the underlying cause of your cold hands. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to help improve symptoms.