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Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 02:04 PM

Matt got a job the last week of 2008 and has been working since. He works in a cold environment, so I imagine that his hands get pretty cold. Anyway, lately, he's been telling me that the tips of his fingers are numb and that when he touches something, it feels like needles on his fingertips.

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3.) How long until he gets the feeling in his fingertips back?


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Re: Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 02:22 PM

the blood in the tips of his fingers is needing more oxygen due to the coldness, i'd advise gloves but i assume he already wears them?
maybe ski gloves if theyre practical?
you can get gel hand warmers that he could use every now and then
there should still be some feeling in the tips of his fingers, and it should come back relitatively soon after warming his hands up (if he keeps them warm) xx
   
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Re: Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 02:39 PM

Yep, i was gonna suggest those gel hand warmers - they're really useful!
It is most probably the cold causing him to lose feeling in his fingers, i doubt it would be anything else - but if it doesn't go away after he has been in the warmth for a while; then i suggest a visit to the doctors.


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Re: Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 03:48 PM

Well, the thing is, when he gets home, he's in our house until he goes back to work. Shouldn't his fingers get warmed up from him being in the warm house? I mean, his fingers have been feeling numb and tingly when he touches something for the past week or two. It didn't start happening until maybe a week or so after he started working this job.


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Re: Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 03:58 PM

what does the job actually entail? it takes a while for the tingling to stop, and if you warm them up to quickly it can actually hurt more
   
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Re: Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 05:21 PM

I have issues with my fingers doing stuff like that. He should go get them checked out just incase. But, sometimes it takes a lot longer for the fingers to get warmed up than you might think. When he comes inside have him hold something (coffee, hot cocoa, even a hot cup of water) to help him heat up. Also, to help with blood getting to his fingers, he should keep moving them, even if they tingle or hurt, it helps to keep the blood flowing.


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Re: Numb/Tingly Fingers - January 20th 2009, 09:35 PM

He works at a chicken plant and is in a cold room the entire night and I imagine that the chicken that he handles is either cooled or frozen.


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