Even though winter finally seems to be coming to a close, it may not feel like it for some of us. For those that have an admittedly low cold tolerance, days hovering around the 40s and 50s could potentially feel like freezing temps — even without wind chill consideration. To them, most of the year is cold, not just half of it. Why does this happen though? Well, cold intolerance can be narrowed down to a somewhat short list of possibilities. While some simply get more sensitive as they age, younger individuals can be affected as well. Poor immune systems can lead to more and more sickness, which could thus result in more chills. Or finally, an inexplicable sensitivity to the cold could point towards poor circulation — which opens the door to a potentially much larger issue at hand for those impacted.
More Than a Little Chill
While most people would characterize a lack of circulation with cold extremities, it is much more than just that. Lack of circulation can often result in a feeling of discomfort, numbness, or even pain. In already significantly cold settings, such as negative degree weather or in cold water, this can lead to being more susceptible to hypothermia and sometimes becoming oblivious to the symptoms associated with it. Poor circulation can also be a sign of low thyroid function, which can these symptoms listed above as well.
In the worst case scenario, poor circulation could be an indicator of Raynaud’s syndrome. While only between 5 to 10 percent of Americans are affected by Raynaud’s, it can be a significant issue that strictly limits the flow of blood throughout the body. Although this is manageable, those that do not get diagnosed or treated can go through life continually experiencing the burdens of the disease as they grow worse and worse with age. If you’re feeling exceptionally cold, it never hurts to check in with your doctor to see what treatment is right for you.