Hand discoloration can have many causes. It can be the result of an injury, exposure to certain chemicals, or an underlying medical condition. Treatment for hand discoloration depends on the cause.
Hand injuries are a common cause of hand discoloration. When the skin is injured, blood vessels can break and leak blood into the tissue. This can cause the area to appear bruised or reddish.
Exposure to certain chemicals
Certain chemicals can also cause hand discoloration. For example, if you come into contact with a harmful substance like arsenic, it can cause your skin to turn blue or green. Treatment for chemical-induced hand discoloration typically involves rinsing the affected area with water and avoiding further exposure to the substance.
Underlying medical conditions
Several underlying medical conditions can cause hand discoloration. For example, Raynaud’s disease is a condition that causes the blood vessels in the hands to constrict in response to cold temperatures or stress. This can cause the hands to turn white or blue. Treatment for Raynaud’s disease typically involves avoiding triggers, such as cold temperatures, and using medications to improve blood flow.
Other medical conditions that cause hand discoloration include liver disease, kidney disease, and anemia. Treatment for these conditions typically involves treating the underlying condition.
What are vascular conditions leading to hand discoloration?
Vascular conditions leading to hand discoloration include:
- Arteriovenous malformation
- Reynaud's disease
- peripheral artery disease
- venous disease including DVY, obstruction
How do Imaging & Interventional Specialists determine the cause of your hand discoloration?
After a review of your medical history, a physical exam may be performed. If needed we talk with other members of your care team and analyze your medical chart to determine what treatment plan best fits your clinical situation and what clinical providers can best treat your hand discoloration. For vascular cause we can assist with one of out non surgical treatments.
Why choose Imaging & Interventional Specialists?
At Imaging & Interventional Specialists our board-certified physicians offer in-house testing for diagnosis and to develop and advise you on the best treatment options for your hand discoloration.