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‘Purple hands’ of Queen Elizabeth baffled internet users. Here’s a report

Queen Elizabeth(Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Raynaud’s phenomenon can be triggered by cold, stress, or emotional upset, according to the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom.

Queen Elizabeth, who has been unable to participate in royal responsibilities and events due to illness, was recently seen meeting with General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff. The images, which went viral almost instantly due to the royal monarch’s return after a long absence, alarmed some royal observers. The 95-year-old monarch’s hands were purple in color, according to social media users. The Queen, who was dressed in a bright flowery gown for the occasion, was recently urged by doctors to rest following a back strain. While some believed that the royal palace should be kept warmer, others ascribed it to Raynaud’s phenomenon, which occurs when blood flow in the body is reduced. Both Queen Elizabeth and General Sir Carter’s hands seem dark purple in the photos issued by Buckingham Palace. 

This could simply be due to the room’s lighting, but purple skin could also be an indication of poor circulation. Raynaud’s phenomenon can be triggered by cold, stress, or emotional upset, according to the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom. The NHS website adds, “Raynaud’s phenomenon is frequent and does not generally cause significant issues.” To clear the air, we enlisted the help of an expert to figure out what was causing the problem. Dr. Samrat Shah, the consultant internist at Bhatia Hospital, explained that the condition happens due to two reasons. “One is a physiological condition when the weather conditions are extremely cold and vasoconstriction happens in the capillaries and veins due to which the body becomes purple. Another reason is because of pathological reason which causes shunt (a small hole or passage which moves, or allows movement of, fluid from one to another part) in the heart,” he said.

Dr. Shah also mentioned that a lack of blood supply is a worry. “Peripheral cyanosis, or a shortage of blood supply in capillaries in old age, is the cause of the disorder. He added, “However, it can also happen at an early age.” Peripheral cyanosis is “rarely a life-threatening medical emergency,” according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

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