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White Finger

Last updated: May 18, 2017

What Does White Finger Mean?

White finger is discoloration of the extremities, particularly the fingers and toes. This discoloration is the result of reduced blood flow to these areas. The affected areas become purple or white, hence the term white finger. White finger often occurs in forestry workers and cold store employees, as prolonged times in cold temperatures can cause the heart to slow the pumping of blood through the body. It is also known as Raynaud’s Syndrome.

Safeopedia Explains White Finger

Physical or emotional shock can lead to the body preventing blood flow to the extremities. Signs of white finger include tingling of the fingers, numbness and skin feels cold to the touch. If you experience signs of white finger, it is important to slowly warm the affected areas, and rest in a relaxing environment. It is recommended that those who work in cold environments wear protective equipment such as gloves and thermal socks to prevent white finger.


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