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heat or ice for hand swelling

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean W Smith
25 years experience Hand Surgery
Hmm...trauma?: It depends on the mechanism of injury and clinical situation surrounding your swelling. Ice really only works for initial traumatic or post surgical s ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Increases blood flow: Heat increases blood flow to the inflamed area. This helps substances get to the area and help to reduce pain and swelling.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Arthritis: Assuming spider bites and not are not issues, arthritis is most likely. Have it evaluated.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: On what the cause is. Is it due to an injury, poor circulation, collagen vascular diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lymphatic problems, etc. Findi ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Swelling quite: Simply is a sign of injury and or inflammation, or infection blood or fluid accumulated in tissues due to broken blood vessels or fluid shifts from h ... Read More
A 81-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Black skin: Not a good sign, call your doctor immediately, there is either an infection or a circulation problem. Don't sit on it!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
May be you have: Over done it, working too hard using your dominant hand, inflammatory tendonitis. Check it out.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Ice, ice, baby!: For just about any injury, ice is the key to minimizing swelling. Well that plus rest, compression & elevation. However, if you did more than bruise y ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Ice, elevation etc: I would make sure there is no major damage. See your pcp or an orthopedist or go to an urgent care center. If you feel comfortable that there is no ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Raymond Raven
23 years experience Hand Surgery
Depends: Hand swelling can be caused by several conditions including injuries, arthritis, circulatory problems, tendonitis and other inflammatory conditions. I ... Read More

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