While some folks truly dislike feeling cold, there's a big difference between being sensitive to chilly conditions and showingsigns of actual cold intolerance. And there are various physical symptoms that can point to this being the issue, apart from the fact you're always bundled up in warm layers.
The thing is, cold intolerance is not so much about personal preference, but about actually feeling cold for no reason. And as you might have guessed, a true cold intolerance usually stems from an underlying medical issue that's left your body unable to stay warm. "Cold intolerance can be due to a variety of medical conditions," Dr. Scott Schreiber, chiropractic physician, nutritionist, and acupuncturist, tells Bustle. "They include anemias, hypothyroidism, under-active pituitary gland, vascular problems, fibromyalgia, and lupus."
But it can also be a side effect of some medications. "Certain blood pressure medicines work to slow the pumping of your heart which can impact blood flow to your hands and feet and cause cold intolerance," Dr. Tania Elliott, board-certified allergist/immunologist at NYU Langone Health, tells Bustle.
Either way, you'll want to stop by your doctor for a checkup. "Some conditions, like anemia, may require a supplement, [while] others may be more serious and need medical intervention," Dr. Schreiber says. "Lab work and additional testing may be required."
If you're always freezing, no matter the temperature, take some of these symptoms into account as it may be a sign you're truly cold intolerant, according to experts.